New Delhi: Despite open defiance by the BCCI, the government Wednesday said it wanted to bring the powerful cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The government has declared all National Sports Federations (NSFs) receiving grant of Rs.10 lakh or more in a year as public authorities under the RTI Act but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has contested it saying it does not get any government grants.
Last year, the BCCI also got a stay order from the Madras High Court against appearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC).
Sports Minister Sarbanabda Sonowal, while responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Wednesday said the government has formulated the National Sports Development Bill to bring BCCI under the ambit of RTI.
“The Government has also formulated a draft of the National Sports Development Bill to bring all the National Sports Federations and the BCCI under the RTI Act with the provision of exclusion clause of protecting personal/confidential information relating to athletes,” Sonowal said.
The minister also said that he was aware of the several controversies in the BCCI but ruled out any intentions of taking over the cricket body.
“BCCI is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Act. It is not feasible for the Government to take over and run the day to day activities of BCCI. Several controversies about BCCI regarding allotment of franchisees, match fixing, betting etc., reported in sections of print and electronic media, have come to the notice of the Government.
Various agencies of the government namely the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and Service Tax Department have conducted inquiries into the allegations of the irregularities involving the BCCI in the country,” Sonowal added.
Sonowal also said that government was also working on check unfair practices and get rid of match-fixing.
“In order to curb match fixing and other unfair practices in sports, Ministry of Law has prepared a draft legislation has sought the views of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs,” Sonowal said.
“The Government has taken various measures to bring transparency, accountability and good governance in the functioning of the NSFs with a view to minimise the complaints of various nature of as misappropriation of Government funds” said the Sports minister Sarbanabda Sonowal.(IANS)
New Delhi: In the absence of Leander Paes, Somdev Devvarman will be spearheading the Indian campaign in the crucial Davis Cup World Group play-off against 2013 finalists Serbia in Bangalore Sep 12-14.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) selection committee, headed by Anil Dhurpar, met here Wednesday and picked Somdev, Yuki Bhambri, Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni for the Davis Cup tie.
“Zeeshan Ali (coach) stated that Anand Amritraj (Davis Cup captain) had suggested to the selection committee that since Paes is not available for Davis Cup and also since Mahesh Bhupathi is not playing competitive tennis for the last few months, he prefers the playing combination of Somdev, Yuki, Bopanna and Myneni,” said Dhurpar in a statement.
All the six members of the Asian Games team were discussed but the committee members decided to go for Somdev, Yuki, Bopanna and Myneni leaving out Sanam Singh.
Sanam, who was a part of the last Davis Cup tie against South Korea, was preferred in the Asian Games team ahead of some higher ranked players on account of being a former gold medallist.(IANS)
SHILLONG: The North Eastern Hill University will be hosting the Inter-college Volleyball (Men and women) tournament on August 20 and 21. The tournament will be held in the Kendriya Vidyalaya ground, NEHU, Permanent campus, Shillong. The colleges competing under the men category and the women’s category include- Sngap Syiem college, Sankardev college, St, Edmunds college, Synod college, St. Anthony’s college, union Christian college, Women’s college, Lady Keane college and the host NEHU. The finals for both the categories will be held on August 21. The University has requested all the participants to report at the above venue at 9.30am and also urged colleges which have not submitted their documents to submit the same before the commencement of the tournament.NEHU Inter-College Cross Country results
Shillong:The results of the North Eastern Hill University Inter-college Cross Country, 2014 were announced here on Tuesday. In the Men’s (Distance 12.5 km) category- Tomsingstar Ramsiej, Sngap Syiem College, won the 1st place, while Vicky Phawa, Shillong College and Shankupar Syiemlieh, NEHU were won the 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. In the Women’s(10.5 km) category, Kyntiman Marwein, Sngap Syiem College, Dateibankyntiman Marwein, Sngap Syiem College and Badasharai Marwein, Sngap Syiem College won the 1st, 2nd and the 3rd place respectively.Rooney named Manchester United captain by Van Gaal
London: Wayne Rooney has been named Manchester United captain by new manager Louis van Gaal, the club announced. The 28-year-old England striker succeeds Nemanja Vidic after the Serbia defender left United at the end of last season to join Inter Milan. “For me it’s the choice of captain is always very important,” said Van Gaal in a club statement issued after United’s 2-1 friendly win against Valencia at Old Trafford on Tuesday. “Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does.” the Dutchman explained. “He is a great inspiration to the younger members of the team and I believe he will put his heart and soul into his captaincy role.” Rooney, who could now also become captain of England following Steven Gerrard’s retirement from international football, said, “It is a huge honour for me — and for my family — to be named captain of this great club. “It is a role I will perform with great pride. Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me.” Van Gaal, who formally took charge at Old Trafford last month after guiding the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup, said Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher, whom he labelled a “natural leader” would be the team’s vice-captain and lead the side in Rooney’s absence. (AFP)France’s Franck Ribery ends international career
BERLIN: France winger Franck Ribery is ending his career with the national team to focus on his club and family, the player, who missed this year’s World Cup through injury, said on wednesday. ‘I am stopping,’ the 31-year-old told German magazine Kicker in an interview to be published tomorrow. ‘I realised that this moment has come.’ Ribery, a 2006 World Cup finalist who was Europe’s player of the year in 2013, said he wanted to make way for a younger generation of players. ‘I want to focus on my family and fully concentrate on my work at Bayern Munich and make way in the national team for the many young and exciting players,’ he said. ‘One has to know when to stop. I have experienced so much and now is the time for others to come forward. You could see at the World Cup that we should have no concerns about France’s future.’ Ribery, who won 81 caps and scored 16 international goals, battled to be fit for the World Cup but despite intensive treatment he failed to make it to Brazil, where France lost to Germany in the quarter-finals. ‘There were highs and lows but now is the time to start a new chapter in my life,’ he said. (Reuters)Sasikiran keeps India in hunt for historic podium finish
Tromso (Norway): Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran guided Indian men to a creditable 2.5-1.5 victory over Germany in the 10th and penultimate round to stay in contention for a podium finish at the 41st Chess Olympiad here. Sasikiran’s 48-moves win against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu not only raised visions of a best-ever Indian finish but also set the tone for what could be the first ever Olympiad medal for India. Nisipeanu, an import from Romania in to the German team, was at sea with white pieces. Playing the Grunfeld, Sasikiran patiently outplayed his higher-rated opponent. It was a Bishop and pawn endgame wherein an extra pawn help the Indian garner full point. At the top of the table, Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi held GM Arkadij Naiditsch to a draw with black pieces. Negi was slightly off colour for major part of the game but continued to fight till he achieved what was the most important half point for India. (PTI)
Petrol pump owners of Garo Hills hold meeting
SHILLONG, Aug 13: The Petrol Pump Owners’ Association (PPOA) of Garo Hills on Wednesday had convened a meeting and had decided to go ahead with its indefinite strike. However, in view of the Independence Day, the petrol pumps will be opened on August 15, 2014.
In a letter addressed to the State Home Minister, Roshan Warjri, the Association demanded Rs. 10 lakh as ex-gratia for the murdered petrol pump attendant Bittu Kumar Patel’s family. They have also sought 24-hour armed police personnel to be deputed in the petrol pumps of Garo hills for the safety and smooth functioning of the petrol pumps.
SHILLONG, Aug 13: The District Level Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner (DC), East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, Sanjay Goyal, at its meeting held recently has viewed with concern the practice of bullfighting and performances.
The DC has therefore, under the provision of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 as amended by Central Act 26 of 1982 ordered a ban on bullfighting in the district.
Shillong, Aug 13 (IANS): The central government Wednesday warned Meghalaya over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state's Garo Hills region where militants are on a kidnapping and killing spree.
"We are aware of what is happening over there in Garo Hills. It is apparent that the state government has failed to tackle the rising crimes in Garo Hills. The state (government) needs to have a complete view on how to restore normalcy and must act immediately ," Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.
SHILLONG, Aug 13: A group of miscreants had attacked a group of villagers, critically injuring nine of them while they were working in their paddy fields at the remote disputed village of Thyllaw under Mawsynram.
“Six women and three men of Thyllaw village were badly injured after they were attacked by a group of villagers from a neighbouring village of Mawbynna, the incident of which took place on Tuesday morning while they were working in their paddy fields,” Superintendent of Police (SP),East Khasi Hills (EKH) M Kharkrang informed reporters here.
“The incident is also a result from a civil dispute case between the two villages – Thyllaw and Mawbynna which is still pending in the District Council Court and High Court,” added the SP.
Petrol pumps on indefinite strike in Garo Hills
TURA, Aug 12: Continuing the trend of violence in the Garo Hills region, a petrol pump attendant was shot dead at around 8.30 AM on Tuesday for asking for payment after filling a tank of petrol. The incident happened in a place called Bokmagre, about 7 kms from the town of Tura, West Garo Hills.
The deceased identified as Bittu Patel, 24, is a resident of Samastipur in Bihar and was employed for the last five years in Rachael petrol pump.
Tragically the killed fuel attendant was due to be married in the next two months as his father was in Bihar to arrange for the upcoming marriage.
SHILLONG, Aug 12: Thousands of people including traders Tuesday extend full support to the decisions to restore the lost glory of Iewduh, the biggest traditional market in the State, including the ban on sale of illicit liquor declared by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Hima Mylliem at a public meeting here.
Trade and commerce in and around the market came to a standstill with all the business establishments remaining closed during the two-hour meeting held at Motphran which started at 9 am and ended at 11 am.
“The Executive Committee (EC) has decided to implement the decisions to revamp and restore the lost glory of Iewduh which were taken at a meeting held on July 28,” KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said while announcing the decisions would be implemented with immediate effect from Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Aug 12: Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Ardent M Basaiawmoit Tuesday termed the 48 – hour bandh called by the proscribed HNLC as “illogical” and “unreasonable”.
Addressing a public meeting at Iewduh here, Basaiawmoit said, “I strongly express my disappointment and opposition against the calling of unwarranted bandh which will badly affect the common man especially the daily wage earners.”
He added, “I do not see any justification for the outfit to call this total shutdown”.
The HNLC has called for 48 - hour shutdown in the six districts of Khasi-Jaintia Hills starting from 6 pm of August 13 to 6 pm of August 15 to protest against NGT’s ban on unscientific coal mining as well as boycotting the Independence Day celebrations.
SHILLONG/TURA: All State Bank of India (SBI) branches across the State remained closed on Monday in protest against the ‘State Government’s failure’ to ensure security of its employees and the public from kidnappers and extortionists.
A silent protest march was taken out on Monday by officials of the SBI from its Zonal office at Dhankethi and culminated at SBI Main branch at Police Bazaar.
The strike was demanding release of the SBI official, Subodh Kumar Mishra, who was abducted on Tuesday at gun point by suspected militants in Barengapara, near Dalu in West Garo Hills.
The official was serving in the remote part of Garo Hills in SBI’s Gasuapara branch in South Garo Hills.
Meanwhile, the SBI Employees Association has also given a proposal to the management to close down all vulnerable branches in Garo Hills and a decision is expected in this regard, soon.
“We would be forced to close down all the branches in Garo Hills if the State Government does not take steps to ensure employees’ safety and security,” the SBI employees said.
There are around 300 SBI employees in the 42 branches in the Garo Hills region.
The SBI Staff Association deputy general secretary Biman B Bhattacharya said that the SBI branches in the five districts of Garo Hills would continue to remain closed till Mishra is released.
Meanwhile, a report from Tura said half a dozen private and nationalised banks in Garo Hills have decided to join the SBI in its indefinite strike demanding release of Mishra.
Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank (MCAB), Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB), Axis Bank, Urban Co-operative Bank, Union Bank are some of the financial institutions those decided to join the strike to demand the safe and unconditional release of the abducted SBI official.
Employees of all the banks located in Garo Hills will be joining a protest rally at Tura on Tuesday afternoon at 1 PM to once again demand the release of Mishra.
On Monday afternoon SBI officer and employees association members held a meeting on the premises of the regional office at Chandmari, Tura.
The general secretary of SBI staff association for North East Circle, Pradip Kumar Basaiya, who arrived in Tura from Guwahati to extend support for the strike, informed his colleagues that the proposal to close down the vulnerable SBI branches in the rural areas of Garo Hills which are sensitive to militant interference has been submitted.
Meanwhile, bank employees in Rajabala town took out a protest procession against the abduction of Mishra by suspected ASAK militants.
The whereabouts of the banker remain uncertain even as the ASAK outfit has been keeping mum on the abduction.
SHILLONG: SBI Staff Association deputy general secretary (Shillong Module) Biman B Bhattacharya has revealed that the family of the abducted SBI official Subodh Kumar Mishra has paid an amount of Rs 5 lakh to the abductors.
According to him, the payment was made on Saturday.
“Despite paying the ransom, the abductors are yet to release the bank assistant,” Bhattarcharya said during the silent protest rally in the city on Monday.
Informing that the identity of the abductors is still unknown, the SBI officials said that the abductors had claimed that they were members of a new militant outfit.
SHILLONG: The ANVC, currently under ceasefire, has come down heavily on Tura MP PA Sangma for his statement that “peace settlement with ANVC will not yield the desired result since other groups are still not part of the peace process.”
In a statement issued to the media on Monday, Tangcha A.Sangma, assistant publicity secretary of ANVC, said that “it is an irony that instead of welcoming the initiative, Sangma has criticized it saying only ANVC is signing the peace settlement.”
The ANVC said the outfit signed ceasefire agreement way back in 2004 and it has now already been a decade. “During this period we have suffered a lot and only we know the extent of our hardship in maintaining our cadres during this time. We were also compelled to scale down our initial demand for a Greater Garoland in the interest of bringing peace to Garo Hills and now you (PA Sangma) say that you are not happy”, the outfit said.
“When the outfit was still sticking to its demand for creation of Garoland, it was you ( PA Sangma) who said that the Garos do not support the demand of a handful of people for the creation of a Garoland. Today, you are in Delhi playing the Garoland card”, the ANVC asserted.
Regarding the groups that are not part of the peace settlement, the ANVC said that the outfit was not responsible for their actions. “We have invited them to be part of the peace settlement on more than one occasion, but they have rejected it outright citing that their demand is only for Garoland, and that they want no part of this settlement. Till today we are ready to accommodate any group who will be willing to join us on this path to peace as we have done in the case of ANVC-B”, the ANVC leader said.
According to the outfit, almost all the groups are demanding a separate Garoland, which is similar to PA Sangma’s demand.
Referring to Sangma, the ANVC said “If you can convince any other group to join us in this settlement, we welcome the initiative from your side”.
ANVC further said that instead of blaming each other, PA Sangma should try to encourage others and support the government’s decision.
“In your dirty political games, it is always people like us and the commoners who have to suffer. Until and unless political big shots stop playing dirty politics, Garo Hills will not be peaceful. Stop blame games. You, who are proud to be a veteran politician who has represented the Garo Hills in Delhi for a record ten times, should know better”, the ANVC said.
The ANVC also asked Sangma that with his experience, he should advise the younger politicians and work hand and hand with the State Government to bring peace to Garo Hills for the general interest of the Garo people “with whose blessings you are who you are today. Leave a legacy of cooperation and healthy competition, not dirty politics”.
SHILLONG: The Joint Action Committee of All Teachers’ Association in Meghalaya (JACATAM) has hailed the comparative study report submitted by the Directorate of School Education and Literacy (DSEL) to the State Government on the proposed provincialisation of the services of the teachers in the State.
“The DSEL on June 26 submitted Action Taken Report on the demand of teachers,” JACATAM chairman ED Nongsiang told newsmen after a meeting with DSEL director Ambrose Ch Marak here on Monday.
“The provincialisation of services of schoolteachers now totally depends on the ‘political-will’ of the state government,” he said.
The education department through the Director of School Education and Literacy (DSEL) took up a comparative study in other states – Tamil Nadu, Goa, Assam and Sikkim- to get clarity on the issue relating to provincialisation.
While divulging some of the details of the findings of the comparative study, Nongsiang said that the delegation found that there are three categories of schools in Kerala and Goa — Government, Provincialised and Self-Financed Schools.
“In Kerala, the State Government has provincialised all the schools which were set up before 1991,” JACATAM chairman said.
Informing about the findings of the team in Assam, he said that the Assam Government provincialised all the schools in 2011 and added that presently, there were three categories of schools in Assam — Government, Provincialised and Self-Financed Schools.
He said that the situation in Sikkim was a bit different “since it is yet to have its own board.”
“All the schools in Sikkim are affiliated either to the CBSE or ICSE,” he said adding that the service of the teachers is yet to be provincialised there.
He said that the Education department has to carry out some exercises on the total expenditures which will be required once services of the teachers are provincialised.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was on Monday told that the Special Police Unit set up for dealing with crimes against people from North East is not ineffective as required action is being taken promptly by it.
The submission was made by Delhi police in an affidavit filed in pursuance to the court’s observation on the last date of hearing that the special unit appears to be ineffective.
The affidavit was submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini which adjourned the matter to August 20 as the Centre’s status report, claimed to have been filed on August 8, was not on record.
“You must understand the seriousness of the problem,” the bench observed while re-notifying the matter for hearing on August 20. (PTI)
SHILLONG: The State government on Monday appealed to the people to defy the ‘unwarranted’ 48-hours bandh called by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) even as it assured that security will not be compromised to them.
The government’s statement came a day after the HNLC announced the bandh from 6 pm of August 13 to 6 pm of August 15 to protest against the NGT ban on coal mining and also to boycott the Independence Day celebration in the State.
“HNLC is a proscribed organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 since the 16th November 2000 and has been boycotting the celebrations of national days of importance through bandh calls, but the Government has taken serious not of the unnecessary bandh calls by the banned organisation”, a statement issued by the Government on Monday said.
The Government reiterated its firm commitment to maintain law and order at all costs and to ensure that the security of its citizens is not compromised in any way.
“Members of the public in general and the Government employees in particular are exhorted not to pay any heed to this unreasonable call and to come out as they would on any normal day and carry on with their daily activities without any fear or apprehension of reprisals,” the statement said.
The state government also urged the members of the public to come out in large numbers and witness the 68th Independence Day celebrations which will be an indication of “our maturity and send out a strong message that the people of the state can no longer be willfully held to siege at every turn”.
Our Guwahati Correspondent adds: Several outlawed insurgent groups in the Northeast have called for a joint strike to ‘prohibit’ celebrations of Indian Independence Day on August 15 next in the region to protest the ‘continued occupation’ on the region by India.
The general strike has been called from 1am to 5.30 pm on August 15 next.
The outfits that have called for the general strike included Coordination Committee (an amalgamation of several militant groups in Manipur), ULFA(Independent), HNLC, Kamataur Liberation Organisation (KLO), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT).
In an e-mail to the media here these outfits on Monday stated, “The people of the Western Southeast Asian Region (including N-E India) are staring at extinction in their own land due to the systematic influx of mainland Indians and indigenous culture of the region is at stake due to rapid Indianisation while the right to live is threatened by the imposition of many draconian laws. The people of the region area battling the Indian occupation forces for decades and in the name of fighting insurgency Indian government is even using population invasion – from foreign soils that are loyal to Indian as well as mainland India.”
TURA: Two armed battalion personnel of Meghalaya police have been airlifted to Guwahati for urgent medical treatment after being shot and injured by another trooper in an accidental firing in the border region of Purakhasia on Monday morning.
A team of 2nd MLP battalion personnel were leaving their outpost for patrol duty in Purakhasia, close to the international border with Bangladeh, when the AK assault rifle carried by Havildar Awithson Sangma suddenly went off firing a wild shot.
The bullet hit battalion constable Mridul Rabha (Bnc 1622) and driver Selvestin T Sangma in the upper body grievously injuring them.
The automatic rifle of the havildar had been armed with a round inside the chamber and the safety catch was reportedly off when the incident occurred.
Both the injured were rushed to Tura from where they were airlifted to army hospital at Basistha, Guwahati, where doctors declared that the condition of the two were serious but under control.
SHILLONG: Former Speaker ED Marak has lodged a complaint with the BJP supremo Amit Shah against the party’s state leaders Dipayan Chakraborty and Khlur Sing accusing them of indulging in corruption.
In the letter to Shah, Marak, a former BJP leader, said that one Nitai Baksors, who was an aspirant for the party ticket in the last Assembly election from Tikrikilla, had accused that Dipayan had demanded from him 50 percent of the fund which was to be given by the party for contesting election. Marak further said that the state BJP chief Khlur Sing “is protecting Dipayan”.
“Amit Shah has promised to come to Shillong to sort out the matter,” Marak said.
He said, “If the party fails to remove both the leaders, he will take legal action”.
Earlier, Marak was dropped from the state BJP after he had leveled serious allegations against the party top brass.
When contacted, Dipayan termed the allegations as ‘baseless’.
Hyderabad: TRS Lok Sabha member K. Kavitha, who is also the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, has been booked on sedition charges for an alleged controversial statement on Jammu and Kashmir.
On the direction of a city court, a first information report (FIR) was registered against Kavitha, a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Lok Sabha member from Nizamabad, at the Madannapet police station.
Kavitha has been booked under charges of sedition, promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial maintenance of harmony, for statements conducing to public mischief, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. (IANS)