WB Governor sends report to Centre

first_imgWest Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has sent a report to the Centre on Friday on the ongoing violence in Darjeeling over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland State. “In the report, the Governor said all the stakeholders involved in the Gorkhaland issue should try to resolve the matter through discussion and restore peace in the Darjeeling hills,” sources in the Raj Bhavan told The Hindu.Earlier on Friday, a delegation of three Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) MLAs — Amar Singh Rai, Rohit Sharma and Sarita Rai — met the Governor and apprised him of the situation in Darjeeling. “The GJM delegation also stated that the State government is yet to issue any formal order stating that Bengali will not be made compulsory in the schools in the hills,” sources in the Raj Bhavan said. ‘Outsiders’ work’Addressing the media after the meeting, Mr. Sharma claimed that “those who are indulging in arson in Darjeeling are not GJM members but outsiders.” He also said the delegation had urged the Governor to “inform the Centre about the situation in Darjeeling and the suffering of the locals due to the State government’s stand over the Gorkhaland issue.”The GJM delegation also accused the State Government of “using force to disrupt the peaceful movement for the separate State.” (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets

first_imgThe lacklustre public response to most of the events in the Commonwealth Games prompted Organising Committee (OC) vice chairman Randhir Singh to call for giving free entry to at least 30 per cent of the spectators.Crowds outside a ticket counter on Thursday.”I feel that 30 per cent of all stadiums should be thrown open for the public. Tickets may be distributed at the gates on a first come first serve basis. People should be encouraged to come and watch the events,” he said.”There have been some great performances, but unfortunately not many spectators are around to see them. It is such a pity,” he added.This came on a day when the government asked the OC to get its act together so that tickets were made available to the people.”There have been reports that some stadiums were wanting in audience, while in others, tickets were not available,” urban development minister Jaipal Reddy said after the group of ministers (GoM) on the Games held a meeting. Sports minister M. S. Gill, tourism minister Kumari Selja, chief minister Sheila Dikshit and OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi were also present at the meeting.However, four days into the Games, the tickets still remained elusive. Mismanagement and poor technology didn’t help matters either.With the holiday season setting in, the paying public is starved of tickets. Even the sarkari babus are aghast that tickets are not coming their way. Sports minister M. S. Gill’s office was reportedly upset that tickets were not available at all.advertisementEmpty stands at Delhi’s Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.While OC officials said tickets sales were picking up, there was no clue where the complimentary tickets, which comprise almost 20 per cent for each venue, were.Sources said the number of free tickets, reportedly distributed by the OC to the ministry and the Sports Authority of India, was shocking.”Worse, there are no tickets for India-Australia or India-Pakistan hockey matches. We do not have swimming or boxing tickets either,” a source added.Angad, a Class XI student at Guru Harkishan Public school, called up the call centre and found out that tickets were available for the swimming event. But he had to wait for an hour at the counter as the server had crashed. And when his turn came, he was told the tickets had been sold. “I called up the call centre again and they said the tickets were available. I don’t know whom to believe,” he said.Shilpa Singhal, who had gone to buy tickets with her daughter Prachika, had an equally annoying experience.”The people at the counters can’t tell you the Games schedules. You can’t either get through the call centre line or it gets disconnected before you finish talking. I had to call up 50 times before I could get the information I wanted,” she said.B. Subramaniam, a part of the Malaysian Boxing Federation, had a suggestion. He said: “It makes sense to have separate stalls for more popular events like boxing and swimming.” At the Talkatora Stadium, Philip Masonda, an official attached with the Zambian squash team, had a worse experience.He had gone to the stadium to watch some of the aquatics events. He was not allowed to enter because his pass limited entry only to the squash events. Moreover, the volunteers failed to arrange a transport for him back to the Games Village until a journalist intervened and sought the help of the authorities.A Rajouri garden couple also experienced the volunteers’ apathy at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Wednesday.Deepak Bassi, who had an accident some time ago that left his leg severely damaged, went to the complex to watch some events. But he and his wife were made to walk a 3-km stretch from the parking lot, with no help from the volunteers.However, all he commented was that “we have channels through which we can route our complaints in the Village. And I would prefer those channels”.(With inputs from Amandeep Shukla and Agencies)last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers- CSK win by 19 runs

first_imgChennai batsman Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 and Albie Morkel scalped three as their team beat Hyderabad by 19 runs during their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Sunday. Score | PhotosHyderabad players were aware that a target of 166 would prove to be a tough one to reach so their openers Sunny Sohal and Shikhar Dhawan started off on a high note scoring close to 12 runs an over. But it was Sohal, who was doing the bulk of scoring and Dhawan providing him with the much-needed support.Sunny Sohal raced to his half-century in no time. But in the 7th over of the innings he was forced to take a walk after putting a 30-ball 56. The reason Shadab Jakati’s ball crashed into his stumps when the score was 71.Jakati struck again on the last ball of the 11th over scalping the other opener Dhawan on 19. Jakati kept the ball low and an inside edge of Dhawan’s bat crashed into his stumps and Hyderabad were 90/2.Bharat Chipli fell in the 14th over off Albie Morkel and Chennai were down to 110/3.  Then Doug Bollinger clean bowled Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara in the 16th over to reduce the visitors to 121/4.Cameron White ended up getting caught by substitute Faf du Plessis off Morkel on the first ball of the 18th over when the score was 137. The last ball of the same over saw JP Duminy walk back on 17 and Hyderabad were down to 143/6.More wickets fell in the last over as Daniel Christian ended up getting run out in Doug Bollinger’s over.advertisementFinally Hyderabad could only manage to score 146/8.Chennai inningsEarlier, Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 as Chennai posted an impressive 165/5 against Hyderabad in the 39th IPL match of IPL-4.Chennai suffered early setback in the fourth over when left-arm spinner Pragyan Ohja scalped opener Murali Vijay with a ball that kept low and skid on to crash against his stumps when the team total was 18. This was after Chennai captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat.Post that wicket Suresh Raina and opener Michael Hussey got on with a partnership. And by the 10th over the Chennai score was 58/1.Finally in the 13th over Hussey walked back after posting a good 46 runs on board and putting 60 runs for the second wicket with Suresh Raina. Hussey went for a pull off Harmeet Singh but failed to cross the boundary and ended up getting caught by Ishant Sharma when the team total was 78.But Suresh Raina was still at the crease and he went on to score a fine 59 off just 35 balls decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes. Finally, Ojha got the better of him in the 18th over. Raina played took the aerial route but his shot was cut short by Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. Chennai were 136/3 post his wicket.Next man Albie Morkel charged away at the opposition bowlers and he picked Ishant Sharma for his batting blitz. He hit a massive six off him in the 19th over and then followed it with another big one measuring 109m and then upped the scale to 114m with the next aerial shot – recording the longest six of the IPL-4 so far.But, Morkel ended up getting run out on the first ball of the 20th over.Captain MS Dhoni, who scored 21, was the last wicket to fall from the Chennai camp. Chennai completed their innings on 165/5 with Subramaniam Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha at the crease.last_img read more

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Raza claims innocence of illegal betting on IPL, PCB asks for inquiry

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday said that Akram Raza’s case warranted a full-scale inquiry even as the former Pakistan off-spinner pleaded innocence in the illegal IPL betting case, saying that his arrest was a “set-up”.A senior official said that the board will have to review whether to appoint Raza to the umpires’ panel for the forthcoming Pakistan ‘A’ and Afghanistan series in view of the betting case against him.Raza, a former off-break bowler who played nine Tests and 49 One-day Internationals, was arrested on Saturday with six others after a police raid on a plaza in Gulberg area for running a betting racket.Police have charged seven people, including Raza for taking illegal bets on the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.Raza, who is now a first-class umpire, got bail on Monday, but will have to appear before a court next week in connection with the case.Sultan Rana, who heads the domestic cricket section in the PCB, said that it was too early to say whether Raza was innocent or not.”Certainly the case warrants an inquiry and we will decide on that soon. It is a serious thing because of the sensitivities involved in fixing issues,” he said.”The board will like to hear both sides of the story and we will give Raza a fair hearing when the inquiry is conducted,” he said.Rana conceded that because of the case the board will have to see if Raza can be given an assignment in the upcoming Pakistan ‘A’ and Afghanistan series, scheduled to be held in the country.advertisementBut Raza said he was innocent and would fight his case.”I will prove my innocence because I don’t want my umpiring career derailed now. I have already gone through enough in the past as well and I will fight my case through my lawyer,” he said.Raza said that he was called to the plaza by a friend and then the police raided the place.”I really don’t know why I have been trapped in this case but I have nothing to do with any betting racket on the IPL matches. I will also be writing to the Pakistan Cricket Board to inform them of my innocence,” he said.The off-spinner was one of six players fined by the Justice Malik Qayyum judicial commission after a match-fixing inquiry against Pakistani players between 1998 and 2000.last_img read more

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BCCI urges ICC to appeal against ‘totally wrong’ Anderson verdict

first_imgJames Anderson was earlier a given a clean chit by Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis in the caseMiffed by the Judicial Commissioner’s verdict pronouncing England’s pace spearhead James Anderson not guilty in the altercation with Ravindra Jadeja, the BCCI wants the ICC to appeal against the ruling which it finds “totally wrong”.The Anderson-Jadeja Saga The BCCI was left red-faced after Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis found both Anderson and Jadeja not guilty of breaching ICC code of conduct during the Trent Bridge Test after a marathon six-hour hearing on August 1.BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel shot off a mail to ICC CEO David Richardson late last night asking him to appeal against the verdict.”I have written a letter last night to ICC CEO David Richardson to file an appeal against the verdict which all of us, including the team management, feel totally wrong and in violation of the particular process. Let’s see what happens,” Patel said.”We, in BCCI, cannot appeal against the verdict, only the ICC can and hence I have written the letter to Richardson and I am confident a decision will be taken within the next 48 hours,” Patel said.”How can he (Anderson) be pronounced not guilty after having admitted that he had pushed Jadeja. According to me so many laws in the ICC Code of Conduct had been violated in this particular process,” Patel added.There is, however, no video footage of the alleged physical altercation between the duo during lunch break of the Trent Bridge Test available to substantiate the Indians’ complaint.advertisementThe International Cricket Council, on its part, said it has received the Judicial Commissioner’s detailed report on the altercation and was considering its future course of action.”The ICC confirms that it has received and is considering the written decision of His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, in respect of his findings thatEngland’s James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and Player Support Personnel, following an exhaustive disciplinary hearing which was held in Southampton on Friday,” the ICC said in a statement.As per Section 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has seven days – until Sunday, August 10 – to consider whether to lodge an appeal against the decision.”The ICC will make no further comment on this matter until the decision has been made,” the statement said. Richardson, who was on leave, has resumed his duties at the ICC headquarters in Dubai and is learnt to have consulted his legal team on the matter.In case Richardson appeals, a three-member panel will be formed from the members of the ICC Code of Ethics committee.The three-member panel might take upto 30 days (as per ICC constitution) to give a verdict which would allow Anderson to play the entire Test series.Anderson was accused of pushing and abusing Jadeja during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10. England had also pressed for a Level 2 charge against Jadeja as a counter move.Match referee David Boon, however, downgraded it to a level 1 offence and docked Jadeja 50 percent of his match fee. Although it is an non-appealable offence, the Indians appealed against the verdict and the ICC accepted the plea.last_img read more

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