Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper has described as “repulsive and extremely selfish on the part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the members of the Legislature who allegedly accepted payments and returned to pass the President’s proposed bills that were submitted under the false pretense of ‘matters of national concern.’” This would be the third special sitting of the Legislature at the request of the President, since the body adjourned for constituency break in August. The former chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Works said in a statement that the nature of bills presented to the Legislature does not fall under the category of “national emergency and concern” and does not warrant him as “Senator of the great people of Margibi County to return to the Senate.”Emergency and/or… The President’s proclamation, according to the outspoken Senator, misquoted Article 32 (b) of the Constitution by stating that the “President shall extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency or concern,” whereas Article 32 (b) of the Constitution actually states that “The President shall extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern.” “I would gladly support a proclamation to reconvene for an actual national emergency and concern; for example, a calamity such as Ebola, an act of war by or against the Republic and even as a result of the inaccessibility of major counties due to the current deplorable conditions of the roads. However, I do not consider the proposed act to ratify the concession agreement of Hummingbird Mining, etc, as a national emergency and concern when that matter could have been handled during our ordinary session for which we were being paid as per our budgetary allotment passed into law.” Senator Cooper said he has learned that the Legislature will be compensated by the Executive with over one million United States dollars, an extra-budgetary allotment which he asserted belongs to the people of Liberia and could have been spent on other matters of national emergency and concern such as remunerations of critical civil servants such as doctors and teachers.“I find this repulsive and extremely selfish on the part of the President and those members of the Legislature who have accepted payments and returned to pass the President’s bills that have been submitted under the false umbrella of matters of national concern,” Senator Cooper noted. For the stated reasons, Senator Cooper said: “I will not accept payment nor comply with the request to reconvene as each and every bill sent to be passed has no emergency value and can all wait until the Legislature constitutionally reconvenes in January 2017.”He then asked if there was an appropriation for the over one million dollars spent on “this unconstitutional sitting.”“Fellow citizens of Liberia, kindly ask your Senators and Representatives to reimburse the Liberian people’s money that they have received for this unconstitutional sitting,” he recommended.Making up for lost timeIn spite of Senator Cooper’s technical treatise on Article 32 (b), it may be argued that the President is essentially asking the Legislature to make up for time during the regular session. It cannot be ignored that the House of Representatives was divided against itself for three full months over a bid to have former Speaker Tyler recuse himself from presiding over the august body. As a result, the passage of the national budget was delayed, as were many bills originating in the Senate, a Senate source told the Daily Observer yesterday. However, Tyler and many of his sympathizers alleged that President Sirleaf herself orchestrated the wrangling in the House by bankrolling a ‘renegade’ faction that exacerbated the deep divisions and delays in the conduct of national business. And though Senator Cooper has not weighed in on this allegation, for those who believe it, the difference might be the same.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…– Amazon Warriors beat Tallawahs by whopping 71 runsShimron Hetmyer’s magnificent form with the bat continues in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a match winning maiden T20 century that gave the Guyana Amazon Warriors a table topping win over the Jamaica Talalwahs at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale Florida on Saturday night.Shimron HetmyerIn just his fifth T20 match, Hetmyer was brilliant from the moment he walked to the crease after the crowd favourite, Guyana Amazon Warriors lost an early wicket in match 10 as the ‘Biggest Party in Sport’ reaches North America for the third straight season.In fact, Hetmyer was ready for battle from as early as the second ball of the second over after opener Chadwick Walton was given out LBW to Samuel Badree, who got his first game of the season at the expense of Steven Jacobs.The Guyana Amazon Warriors have displaced the Jamaica Tallawahs with a clinical performance at the Central Broward Regional Park on Saturday nightHe featured on two partnerships on his way to his maiden T20 century. First, he dominated a 41-second wicket partnership with Luke Ronchi who once again failed to get going.It was another occasion that Walton and Ronchi exposed the middle order early this time scoring just 13 runs for the opening wicket to follow 9, 54 and 10 scored in the earlier matches but yet again, Hetmyer was in a league of his own.Ronchi became Andre Russell’s first victim in his first over and the final of the power play before what was seen as the partnership of the match.The crowd came out at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale Florida in full support for the Amazon WarriorsHetmyer and Captain Shoaib Malik then scored 108 runs for the third wicket from just 8.4 overs that set the Warriors on course for the seventh 200-plus score of CPL 2018 ending on 209 for 7.At the halfway stage, the Warriors were 110 for 2 with Hetmyer and Malik hitting boundaries at will and the hosts searching for answers. However, the assault continued until the 15th over when the Tallawahs hit back with the dismissal of the young Berbician for exactly 100 from 49 balls.Imran Tahir made the Tallawahs very uncomfortable with superb bowling that gave the Warriors two pointsAlong the way, the 21-year old Hetmyer became the youngest of seven centurions in the history of CPL and the third of the season behind Andre Russell with 141 versus Trinbago Knight Riders and Kieron Pollard 104 against Barbados Tridents.The former Windies U-19 winning captain got to the land mark from 47 balls with 11 fours and five sixes which is also the third fastest in CPL century. Russell holds numbers one and two spots with 40 and 44-ball efforts.When he holed out in the 15th over, the Warriors were in a commanding position with Malik still going strong. However, the Tallawahs sneaked back into the contest with five quick Warriors wickets for 34 runs in 4.5 overs including Malik who made an even half century to join Hetmyer as the only batsmen to get out of single digits.Badree who got the early wicket also got some stick and with fellow spinner Imad Wasim, they conceded 72 runs from just six overs. The seamers also received some rough treatment on the good track but were more successful with Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell and Krishmar Santokie taking two wickets each.In the field, the Warriors were tested by the Tallawahs top order but after David Miller and Glenn Phillips were dismissed in the 11th over bowled by Imran Tahir it all went downhill for the former champions. First, Miller who was playing his first game of the season after international assignments was run out from a Tahir direct hit after backing up too far at the non-strikers end and Phillips followed next ball when he played back to a googly.It was the beginning of the end as the rest of the Tallawahs batting fell like nine pins in quick succession. In fact, the home team lost their last eight wickets for 36 runs in 36 balls when they moved from 102 for 2 in the 11th over to 138 all out in 16.2 overs.At the half-way stage of the run chase, the Tallawahs were in a comfortable position at 101 for 2 with Phillips on a solid 43 from 27 balls and Miller on 10 after Kennar Lewis and Ross Taylor were fluent in their brief innings respectively.Tahir ended with two wickets but it was off-spinner Chris Green with 2.19 from his four overs who strangled the Tallawahs after Keemo Paul, Rayad Emrit and Devendra Bishoo were taken to the cleaners early but came back well.With the 71-run win, the Warriors are now back on top of the points table while the Tallawahs have slipped to second position heading into tonight’s clash with third placed Trinbago Knight Riders at the same venue from 18:00h.Hetmyer was named Man of the Match and is now the second leading batsman with 222 runs from four games behind Kieron Pollard with 239 runs from five games.The Amazon Warriors next match is against the St Lucia Stars in Match 15 on Friday August 24 at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.
Some of the prizes that were up for grabs at this year’s event was a framed and signed Don Cherry suit, a signed Sidney Crosby all star game jersey and WestJet tickets to any destination they fly.Captain Brent Morgan says the burn fund aids not just firefighters but anyone being treated at the burn ward and goes towards things not under medical coverage.“It’s not just for firefighters it’s for anybody that’s in the Province of B.C. if they needed to be treated at the burn ward down down in either VGH [Vancouver General Hospital] or at the Children’s Hospital,” he explains. “There’s things like pressure garments that they have to wear when they’re out of the hospital to help their burns heal properly. That stuff is not covered by medical and it’s quite expensive.” – Advertisement -Morgan was obviously quite happy with the total raised and looks forward to beating the new record next year.
It was only a second defeat in all competitions this season for the capital club, after a 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League last September.Guingamp, who have won just two league games all season, join Monaco, Strasbourg and Bordeaux in the semi-finals.“We came here to win and we know it’s very difficult here,” said Marcus Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, who scored the winner.“We know that in the Cup anything can happen… We knew how to hinder PSG.”Neymar broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute after Thuram missed from the spot, but Guingamp rallied, with Thuram’s successful injury-time penalty snatching victory with a shootout looming.“We played with too much confidence, we were not hungry enough to finish the match,” admitted PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.“It’s very hard to lose with three penalties. I was angry with the second one, I can see the VAR 100 times, it’s not a penalty.”Tuchel named a strong starting XI including Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria, but a drab first half in the capital failed to produce a single shot on target from either side.The reigning French champions had extended their cup winning streak at the weekend against fifth-tier Pontivy, but Guingamp were awarded a penalty on the hour mark when Ludovic Blas was tripped by PSG full-back Thomas Meunier.Forward Thuram blazed his effort from 12 yards well over the top of the crossbar, and it appeared as though the opportunity of an upset had passed Guingamp by when Neymar headed home a Meunier cross less than two minutes later.But the away side managed to stay in the game and were handed another penalty nine minutes from time when Marcus Coco was bundled over by Juan Bernat, and Congolese international Yeni Ngbakoto made no mistake after a lengthy VAR delay.With the game set for penalties after 90 minutes, Guingamp landed a decisive blow on the counter-attack, as Thilo Kehrer fouled Thuram, and this time the 21-year-old squeezed the ball under the diving Alphonse Areola in the PSG net.– Monaco win marathon shootout –Earlier on Wednesday, Monaco goalkeeper Loic Badiashile scored the winning penalty in a marathon shootout against Rennes.Thierry Henry saw his young Monaco side survive a shootout which featured 22 penalties © AFP / VALERY HACHEMonaco, runners-up in the past two seasons, salvaged a 1-1 draw after normal time thanks to Rony Lopes’ second-half equaliser, before Badiashile’s heroics as he also saved three spot-kicks.Thierry Henry’s young team are floundering in Ligue 1, sitting second-bottom and five points from safety, but managed to keep their coach’s hopes of a first trophy alive at the Stade Louis II.“That’s exactly how we want to play,” said the former Arsenal and France striker. “Sometimes we heard the crowd were unhappy, but we got the ball back on the ground and we played.“Finally we reacted after conceding a goal. Before we didn’t know how to do it. This time, we did.”Monaco were the better side for the majority of an uneventful first half, with Moussa Sylla twice going close, but went into the break a goal down after Benjamin Bourigeaud swept Rennes ahead on the half-hour mark after a clever pass from Hatem Ben Arfa.Henry was grateful to have Lopes back in the starting line-up for the first time since September 2 after a thigh injury, and the Portuguese forward tapped in Julien Serrano’s low cross to level in the 54th minute.Kamil Glik and new signing Naldo both missed chances to win the tie for Monaco on penalties, but 20-year-old Badiashile slotted home the 22nd spot-kick to send them through after Rennes ‘keeper Tomas Koubek had blazed over.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PSG were stunned by Guingamp in the last eight © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATPARIS, France, Jan 9 – Paris Saint-Germain saw their 43-match winning run in domestic cup competitions come to an end as Thomas Tuchel’s men suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Ligue 1 bottom club Guingamp in the French League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.The visitors were awarded three penalties at the Parc des Princes in a dramatic second half, as PSG failed in their bid for a sixth straight League Cup title.
1 Kylian Mbappe and Alvaro Morata Real Madrid will launch a world record bid for Arsenal target Kylian Mbappe – but only once they sell Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.Monaco star Mbappe is Madrid’s top target following his imperious form for the Ligue 1 champions last term.However, the Bernabeu club will have to stump up a fee of £114.5m if they want to prise him away from the Principality, which would make him the most expensive player in football history.In order to fund such a move they will need to move on Morata, who had looked set to join Manchester United.But the Old Trafford club appear to have switched their attention to signing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, leaving Morata in limbo.Now Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who signed Morata during his time in charge at Juventus, could be about to offer the Spaniard a Madrid escape route.And Marca say that, should Morata join Chelsea, Madrid will have enough to up their Mbappe bid from £97m to the required asking price.It has been suggested that they’ve already agreed terms on a bumper six-year deal for Mbappe, who would love to play under his former idol Zinedine Zidane, the Madrid boss.
Statues of Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu,FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela – SouthAfrica’s four Nobel Peace laureates –stand in Nobel Square at Cape Town’sV&A Waterfront.(Image: Nobel Square) The Nobel Peace laureates and Dr AlbertinaLuthuli, daughter of Albert Luthuli, at thenaming of Nobel Square in 2003.(Image: Nicole Lissner, Nobel Square) Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu andformer president FW de Klerk.(Image: George Hallett)Janine ErasmusFormer South African president FW de Klerk and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu were among 31 Nobel Peace laureates from 17 countries who issued an unprecedented joint statement on behalf of the Save the Children organisation, calling for assistance for children who are trapped in conflict zones around the world and are unable to go to school.De Klerk and Tutu added their voices to the group of eminent peacemakers who have asked for the rights of some 37-million children around the world to be upheld. The laureates issued their statement in support of Save the Children’s global campaign, Rewrite the Future, which seeks to provide quality education for children affected by war. Many of these youngsters live in Africa.Their call for action coincided with the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Universal Children’s Day. The Rights of the Child convention is a legally binding instrument that sets out the full range of human rights – civil, cultural, economic, political and social – as they apply to children, defined as humans under the age of 18 years.The four core principles of the document are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. As the convention is legally binding, governments who agree to it commit themselves to ensuring that they make decisions always with the interests of children as a priority.Not coincidentally, the statement was issued shortly before the 2008 Nobel Prize ceremony, which takes place on 10 December. The distinguished group includes former US president Jimmy Carter, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, and courageous Kenyan social activist Wangari Maathai. A number of them were moved to add personal statements to the document.“Too many children around the world continue to be exposed to violence and upheaval,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on behalf of the organisation whose various divisions have won the Nobel Peace Prize on numerous occasions. “I commend the invaluable efforts of UN partners such as Save the Children, and welcome efforts to ‘rewrite the future’ and ensure that children and youth throughout the world receive the quality education that is their birthright.”An advocate for human rightsTutu has also spoken out in a public service announcement about the importance of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its adoption.The public service announcement was produced in collaboration with The Elders, a group of 12 vastly experienced global statesmen that includes Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It will be released on 10 December 2008 and will be freely available for use by those who promote the cause of universal human rights.Although they are innocent, children are among those most sorely afflicted by situations of conflict. For instance, out of the 9.6-million school-aged children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 5-million were unable to attend school even before the recent fighting, and even more have been forced to abandon their education since.In many parts of the world military organisations continue to recruit children as soldiers. Denied the childhood that is rightfully theirs, these youngsters know no other life except one of violence. According to Save the Children, each year of formal schooling attended by boys reduces the risk of their becoming involved in conflict by 20%, and the organisation’s Rewrite the Future programme is currently working in 20 countries, including Colombia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sudan and Uganda, to make education accessible and safe for children in these strife-torn regions.In Southern Africa three international branches of Save the Children – from the Netherlands, UK and Sweden – are active. Their work ranges from helping Aids orphans and young refugees from other countries, to ensuring that as many disadvantaged children as possible receive the education they deserve.South African peace-makersSouth Africa’s Peace laureates are former African National Congress president Albert Luthuli (1960), Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (1984), and former presidents Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk (1993).The four have recently been immortalised in bronze and wood by artists Claudette Schreuders and Noria Mabasa respectively, in the Nobel Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. The statues were unveiled at a ceremony on 16 December 2005, the Day of Reconciliation in South Africa.Luthuli was honoured for his tireless efforts towards peace through peaceful means. Presenting the award, then-chair of the Nobel committee Gunnar Jahn said “If the non-white people of South Africa ever lift themselves from their humiliation without resorting to violence and terror, then it will be above all because of the work of Luthuli, their fearless and incorruptible leader who, thanks to his own high ethical standards, has rallied his people in support of this policy, and who throughout his adult life has staked everything and suffered everything without bitterness and without allowing hatred and aggression to replace his abiding love of his fellowmen.”Luthuli described the honour as the most important event of his life. After finishing his Nobel lecture he burst into song with the isiZulu version of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika“, and was joined by other Africans in the audience. At that time the hymn, which was composed in 1897 by Methodist teacher Enoch Sontonga, was banned in South Africa but has since been incorporated into the country’s national anthem.In 1984 Archbishop Tutu won the Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid, always seeking a peaceful solution. Egil Aarvik, chair of the Nobel committee at the time, said, “We feel ourselves united with him in the belief in the creative power of love. With his warm-hearted Christian faith he is a representative of the best in us all.”And in 1993 President Nelson Mandela and former President FW de Klerk were jointly honoured for “their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”. The announcement by the Nobel committee stated that while South Africa had been the symbol of racially-conditioned suppression, Mandela’s and De Klerk’s constructive policy of peace and reconciliation pointed the way to the peaceful resolution of similar deep-rooted conflicts elsewhere in the world.Honouring those who strive for a better worldThe Nobel Peace Prize is one of six annual prizes given out in memory of Swedish scientist, inventor and pacifist Alfred Nobel. Winners are chosen in the subjects of peace, literature, physics, chemistry, economics and medicine, and must be people who “best benefit mankind through their actions”.The Peace Prize winner for 2008 is former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, who was commended for his efforts, spanning several continents and more than three decades, to resolve international conflict. Ahtisaari’s efforts, said the Nobel committee, have contributed to a more peaceful world and to “fraternity between nations” in the true spirit of Alfred Nobel.Ahtisaari is also the 2008 winner of both the Delta Prize for Global Understanding and the Unesco Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize. Nelson Mandela is a former recipient of both awards.South Africa boasts Nobel laureates in other disciplines, such as authors Nadine Gordimer and John Maxwell Coetzee, who won the Literature Prize in 1991 and 2003, and physicians Sydney Brenner, Allan M. Cormack and Max Theiler, who won the prize for Medicine in 2002, 1979 and 1951.The Nobel prize-giving event takes place in both Sweden and Norway in December, the month of founder Alfred Nobel’s death. During the first week of December all laureates – except those honoured with the Peace Prize – arrive in Stockholm, Sweden, to present their Nobel lectures and to prepare for the ceremony on 10 December. The Peace Prize laureate delivers their Nobel lecture at the ceremony held simultaneously in Oslo, Norway.The prestigious event is held in two countries because Sweden and Norway were still one when the awards were instituted. National dress is acceptable in addition to white tie and tails or an evening gown.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.Related articlesSouth Africa’s ConstitutionThe Arch turns 77South African literatureUseful linksSave the ChildrenUnited Nations Convention on the Rights of the ChildThe Nobel Peace laureates’ statementThe Nobel PrizeThe EldersV&A Waterfront Nobel Square
10 October 2014 GetYourGuide and GoEuro have compiled data based on 11 factors to define what exactly makes a city fun for travellers of different age groups and interests. (Image: The Ultimate Fun City Ranking)Cape Town has again proved to all and sundry it is one of the ultimate destinations in the world for travellers.A survey commissioned by Swiss-based tourism company GetYourGuide and travel search engine GoEuro.com has found that out of a staggering 1 830 cities, Cape Town is ranked 24th for being an “Ultimate Fun City’. GetYourGuide and GoEuro compiled data based on 11 factors to define what exactly makes a city fun for travellers of different age groups and interests. The factors include average beer price, bars, clubs, sport clubs, activities, shopping, museums and concerts.Cape Town scored very well for its sport clubs and did fairly well in activities. The world’s top three cities on the list are Berlin in first place, London in second, Paris in third and New York City in fourth place.In October this year, Cape Town was voted fourth out of the world’s 25 must-see cities in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. Cape Town beat cities like Rome, Barcelona and San Francisco.The city also came out tops in the Conde Nast list of the best 15 hotels in Africa. The One&Only, Ellerman House, Mount Nelson, Twelve Apostles and Cape Cadogan hotels grabbed the first five positions, the Cape Grace ninth place, the Table Bay Hotel 10th and the Victoria & Alfred Hotel 15Th.On 5 November at the World Responsible Tourism Awards held in the UK, Cape Town proved its worth yet again as an award-winning tourist attraction. Two city establishments, Hotel Verde and the V&A Waterfront, walked away with accolades.Hotel Verde in Cape Town won gold in the Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism category and the V&A Waterfront walked away with gold for Best Destination for Responsible Tourism.SAinfo reporter
Trans Fat Update: Free WebinarThursday, February 25, 11:30 ETPresented by Kristi M. Crowe-White, Ph.D., RDUniversity of AlabamaTo register, visit the event page.Kristi Crowe-White, Ph.D., RD is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Maine where she held a graduate fellowship with the National Science Foundation. Her dietetic training was completed at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where she developed key collaborations in clinical nutrition research.As a food chemist and dietitian, her research focuses on the impact of bioactive food compounds on reducing oxidative and inflammatory stress as mechanisms underpinning cardio-metabolic diseases. Her current research is funded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Heart Association. As a junior faculty, she has authored three peer-reviewed manuscripts per year since her hire in 2010 and has received external grant funding totaling over half a million dollars. As a result of this body of research, she has co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper on Functional Foods. She holds service and leadership positions within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists where she serves as a Food Science Ambassador and Media Spokesperson. In addition to external service, she is the chair of the University of Alabama’s Institutional Biological Safety Committee and the academic advisor of the Food Science Club.She actively engages students in research through graduate and undergraduate research mentorship as well as through classroom instruction in food science and functional foods. As a female scientist in a STEM discipline, she believes training students on the influence of food-first interventions to reduce cardio-metabolic disease risk is paramount to reducing the burden of these diseases on future generations.This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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If you are one of those laidback kinds who would want to enjoy the Independence Day holiday lazying around, here are 8 movies to plug into that will re-ignite the patriotism in you:1. Ghare BaireBased on the novel Home and The World written by Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali movie is based on the Indian nationalist movement and adds a domestic angle to the freedom struggle. Directed by Satyajit Ray, the film was released in 1984.Source: Pinterest2. RojaThis Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam won three national awards including Best Film on National Integration. It was Roja which brought Ratnam into the national spotlight since the film dealt with the separatists’ struggle for Kashmiri independence.Photo: www.desirulez.me3. Chak De IndiaThis sports drama is the perfect amalgamation of sport and patriotism which made this movie a worldwide hit. After failing to score the winning goal against Pakistan, Kabir Khan, played by Shah Rukh Khan, is labelled a traitor. To redeem himself, he takes on the challenge of taking the Indian women’s hockey team to Australia for the world championship. You will find yourself cheering and feasting on your nails when the climax arrives.4. IndianThe 1996 Tamil film is the story of an ex-freedom fighter turning into a vigilante with some deft touches. Kamal Hassan stars in a double role along with Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar.Photo: www.tamildurbar.com5. LagaanDirected by Ashutosh Gowariker, this depicts the plight and struggle of Indian farmers during East India Company rule wherein they were supposed to pay a very steep and exorbitant a land tax – Lagaan, thus the title of the film. The film uses emotions attached to cricket in the best way possible allowed by Bollywood. advertisement6. Keerthi ChakraThe 2006 Malayalam war film is based on true events related to the Kashmir insurgency.Source: KeralaTv7. Kittur ChennammaThis 1961 historical Kannada drama is based on Kittur Chennama, the freedom fighter who led an armed rebellion against the East India Company in 1824. Saroja Devi played the titular role.Source: Youtube8. Chhatrapati Shivaji There have been many versions of Chhatrapati Shivaji on silver screen, on small screen and even an animated version. Based on the exploits of the Maratha warrior king, the films dwell on his daring exploits under Mughal hegemony.Source: WebmallIndia