Tripura BJP president, supporters court arrest

first_imgTripura BJP president Biplab Deb and thousands of party supporters courted arrest on Saturday while demanding for a CBI probe into the murder of a tribal leader in Dhalai district. Chan Mohan Tripura, an elected member of the Village Committee, a substitute of Gram Panchayat in tribal autonomous district council areas, was mowed down near his home in Ganddachara sub-division early last month.A few BJP supporters were injured in the scuffle with security forces in some places. The law disobedience agitation was organised in 62 places across Tripura’s eight districts.“Over 50,000 people courted arrest. We are overwhelmed by the support of people,” Mr. Deb said.He refused to accept the police report into the death of Chan Mohan, claiming the latter was killed by an unstable man. The police have maintained to have solved the case by arresting the accused.“We don’t trust the police working under the Left government. The murder was a fallout of a political conspiracy hatched by the CPI(M)”, Mr. Deb claimed.The ruling CPI(M) party condemned the stir and blamed the BJP for creating tension in the State.last_img read more

LeT militants behead youth in Kashmir

first_imgLashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants beheaded a civilian in Bandipora’s Hajin, the police said on Friday.The headless body of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, 25, a resident of Hajin, “was found at an orchard in Bonmohalla in Hajin” in the morning. On Wednesday night, Mr. Bhat was abducted by LeT militants, who left his father injured with firearm and knife injuries.“A local militant Muhammad Saleem Parrey is believed to have played a major role in the killing,” the police said.This is the second such civilian killing in a week by the LeT militants. The body of Muntazir Ahmed, who was abducted on April 3, was recovered in an orchard a day later, said the police. Last year, a similar case of slitting of throat by the militants surfaced in Hajin.Mehbooba condemnsChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the beheading. “The inhuman way in which the youth was done to death is against the social ethos and cultural value system of the State,” said Ms. Mufti.Former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah criticised the silence of spearatist leaders over the incident. “Any shutdown call or call for “peaceful protests” for Manzoor Ahmed who’s decapitated body was found. No? I’m not surprised,” he said.Militant killedThe police said one militant was killed in Pulwama’s Kgan when a patrol of the security forces came under fire. The security forces also arrested a foreign militant in Kupwara.“A joint operation was launched in Juggiyal, Turshan Mohalla, Hyhama and one militant hiding in the area was held,” said the police.last_img read more

Congress to contest Palghar, Praful Patel rules himself out from Bhandara-Gondia

first_imgMumbai: The Congress on Monday announced that it will be contesting the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll, while the party leader and former MP Nana Patole may be given a chance from Bhandara-Gondia. This Lok Sabha seat was with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as per the seat-sharing formula between both parties. Maharashtra unit chief of the Congress Ashok Chavan said, “We will be contesting the Palghar seat and the decision on the candidate will be taken within a week. This seat is important for the party, and we will ensure that we win.” Meanwhile, Mr. Patole, former BJP MP from Bhandara-Gondia who is now with the Congress, said on Monday said that a decision on fielding him will be taken by top leadership. Sources within the Congress told The Hindu their options were limited. “Mr. Patole or NCP’s Praful Patel are the only options available with us for this by-poll. Traditionally the seat has been with the NCP and in case of exchange, top leaders of both the parties will have to reach to an agreement,” said a Congress leader. In an interview to a news channel, Mr. Patel said he would contest the 2019 general election from Bhandara-Gondia. “The decision on who will contest the bypoll will be taken in two-three days,” he said, adding there are no differences between him and Mr. Patole. When asked, Mr. Chavan said that in case Mr. Patole wants to contest the poll, the Congress president will take a final call. The BJP too is yet to announce it’s candidate though party sources said Tribal Affairs Minister Vishnu Savara could be fielded. MLA Hitendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) which had won the seat in 2009 and was runner-up in 2014 too has chosen to keep its cards close to its chest. On Sunday, local leaders of Shiv Sena had held a meeting with party president Uddhav Thackeray demanding that the party should give a candidate as well. Mr Thackeray is to announce the decision this week.last_img read more

Notice to school over vaccination

first_imgAssam’s Hailakandi district administration will serve a notice on a missionary school for seeking a declaration from parents or guardians that the school would not be responsible for any side effects resulting from measles-rubella vaccine.Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said this amounted to creating panic about MR vaccination.Directing Inspector of Schools Rajiv Kumar Jha to serve the notice on the school authorities, the Deputy Commissioner said framing of own set of rules in contravention to the government and WHO guidelines will unnecessarily scare away the parents from vaccinating their children thus putting their lives in peril. Vaccination in the school is scheduled on October 4last_img read more

Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s doping ban doubled to eight years

first_imgOlympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has had her doping ban doubled to eight years after being found guilty by the IAAF of providing false information while defending herself against her initial sanction, the Athletics Integrity Unit have said.Sumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).The 34-year-old, who became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said she had been injected with EPO by an “impostor” during a doctors’ strike in Kenya.That claim was rejected as “not authentic” by the disciplinary tribunal of international athletics’ governing body (IAAF).In a ruling dated Jan. 17, the tribunal said there was also “compelling evidence” Sumgong had falsified her medical records and lied about her whereabouts after the positive test for EPO.Her actions constituted a second anti-doping offence of “tampering with a doping control” and merited the imposition of a second four-year sanction, the tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, said in its ruling.Accordingly, Sumgong is now banned until is April 3, 2025, although she has the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Athletics Integrity Unit head Brett Clothier welcomed the tribunal’s decision.”We hope that it sends a message to dopers that the AIU has strong investigative capabilities and does not tolerate false evidence in doping cases,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.”We also want to underline the vital support of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in pursuing this case. They are a valuable partner in the fight against doping in Kenya.”advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Solskjaer: Lukaku still important despite bench role

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Romelu Lukaku is a “big part” of his squad, despite the Belgian striker finding himself on the bench at Old Trafford.Lukaku has only started one match since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month – a FA Cup third-round victory over Reading – amid a six-game winning streak.The Belgium international has made three substitute appearances in the Premier League, scoring twice, as Solskjaer prefers a front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Solskjaer said Lukaku remains an important member of United’s side ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.Our #MUFC team news ahead of #MUNBHA features the latest on @Alexis_Sanchez…— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 18, 2019″He’s a big part of the squad, definitely, with his personality around the place,” Solskjaer said. “There’s no one scoring as many goals as him in training. “There are the three who play the most but then you’ve got [Romelu Lukaku], you’ve got Juan [Mata], you’ve got Alexis [Sanchez], so I’ve got a front six I can rotate with and Rom is definitely going to be playing games.”Solskjaer, whose in-form United are sixth and level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, continued: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three most of the time.”We’ll be OK to be able to rotate and there’s enough games and playing time. “It’s about taking the chances when you get them, and to be fair, Rom has scored three already and Marcus has scored three. Paul [Pogba]’s scored four since I came here. It’s up to the strikers to take them.”last_img read more

Rapinoe: I’ll be ready for the final

first_imgMegan Rapinoe says she fully expects to feature in the Women’s World Cup final after missing out on Tuesday’s semifinal win over England. The winger was a shock omission from manager Jill Ellis’ lineup with Christen Press instead selected to start against the Lionesses on the left wing. Rapinoe did not warm up with teammates prior to the match, and did not feature as the U.S. went on to top England 2-1 behind goals from Press and Alex Morgan.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Reports of a hamstring injury began to emerge, but Rapinoe was seen sprinting out to join teammates in their post-game celebrations. Following the match, the 33-year-old insists that she will be fine for the upcoming finale against either the Netherlands or Sweden. “Just a minor hamstring,” Rapinoe said of the injury after the match. “It’s not really even a strain but not really able to go today, we just felt like it wasn’t going to hold up. We have been talking about this depth that we have for months and months and all throughout the tournament it was on full display tonight. It just felt like it was the best option not only for myself but for the team. “It happened late in the second half of the France game. It wasn’t like one moment where it cranked up or anything and [I was] able to go 10 or 15 more minutes in the second half. I’m expecting to be fit for the final and ready to go. It’s getting better.” Ellis also laid out the reasoning behind leaving one of her stars on the bench.   “Megan’s got a slight strain to her hamstring so wasn’t available today,” Ellis said at a news conference. “Obviously I feel we have a really good, deep bench and called upon other players and I think they did a fantastic job. Yeah, [it’s] a hamstring strain. “I thought Pressy (Christen Press) did fantastic. There was an outside chance Rapinoe could take a penalty, so thereby we didn’t want to extend ourselves more than we had to in terms of giving our starting XI when we needed to. Every coach wants to keep their cards as close to their chest as possible, fortunately we didn’t have to go to penalty kicks but that was an option, potentially.” The USWNT boss also played down any talk of secrecy surrounding the decision to sit the winger.  “I don’t know about secrecy,” she said. “We released it when we were supposed to release it. “Once she was warming up, I think you could figure it out.” The USA picked up another worry during the match in the form of Rose Lavelle.  The midfielder was taken out of the match with a knock in the second half, but made it clear she has no plans of missing the final.  “I’ll be fine,” she told reporters. “I’m good. I’ll be fine.” The USA will take on either Sweden or the Netherland in the World Cup final on Sunday, with the opponent to be determined in Wednesday’s semifinal.last_img read more

SCPA Reports Increase in Pier Container Volumes

first_imgzoom South Carolina Ports reported March pier container volumes were the highest since August 2008. Last month the Port handled 85,616 boxes, totaling 692,338 pier containers fiscal year to date.“March is traditionally a seasonally strong month,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “The SCPA saw an 11 percent year over year increase in pier container volumes for the month, with growth of both import and export cargo. We expect April to be a strong month as well.”In March, the Port handled 150,516 TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units, a 10 percent increase over the same month last year. TEU volume is up 5.3 percent fiscal year over year, with 1.2 million TEUs handled since July 1. The Port continues to grow above the market average.In the non-containerized cargo segment, Union Pier (UPT) has seen significant increases in breakbulk tonnage primarily used in the manufacturing and construction industries. The Port moved 9,654 tons at UPT last month for a total of 89,422 pier tons handled fiscal year to date.“Union Pier recently had the opportunity to handle additional cargo in the breakbulk segment, and we expect strong growth of non-containerized cargo volumes in the last quarter of our fiscal year,” Newsome said.Georgetown also saw gains in breakbulk tonnage, handling 22,757 tons in March and 395,371 tons fiscal year to date for an increase of 10 percent over the same period last year.In action items, the Board authorized the purchase of 11 new container handlers to replace older models at Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals. The new models provide added capabilities to handle heavier cargo and stack containers higher than the handlers currently in use, allowing for further densification of container stacks. April 17, 2014last_img read more

Australian competition regulator gives OK to Saputo deal for Murray Goulburn

first_imgMONTREAL – Australia’s competition regulator has signed off on Quebec dairy giant Saputo Inc.’s proposed purchase of dairy processor Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. after the Canadian company agreed to sell a key plant.The regulator had raised concerns the acquisition would give Saputo control of the two largest dairy plants in southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia.Under the deal with the regulator, Saputo will sell Murray Goulburn’s Koroit plant within a specified period to a buyer which will need to be approved by the regulator.The agreement also includes details of transitional milk supply arrangements and independent management for the plant until it is sold.Saputo announced the deal to buy Murray Goulburn in October for $1.3 billion.The deal still requires approval by Murray Goulburn shareholders and Australia’s foreign investment review board.Companies in this story: (TSX:SAP)last_img read more

The Latest Pushback on Trumps oil trains rule

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. — The Latest on the Trump administration’s miscalculation of safety benefits of electronic brakes for oil trains (all times local):12:15 p.m.Supporters of more advanced brakes on trains hauling explosive fuels are pushing back against a Trump administration decision to scrap their mandatory use following the revelation that derailment risks were miscalculated.A senior adviser to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Robert Duff, said Thursday that federal officials should reconsider the safety advantages of electronic brakes after The Associated Press found some benefits were ignored.Railroads were required to begin installing the brakes under a 2015 rule prompted by a string of fiery derailments involving oil and ethanol shipments.The AP found that when Trump administration killed the rule in September, it omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using the brakes.Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error but said it was unintentional and does not affect the repeal.__12 a.m.The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it cancelled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels.A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. The error could stoke criticism from supporters of the rule.Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents. Still, they said it was unintentional and would not have made a difference.The brake rule was adopted under President Barack Obama following a string of fiery derailments of trains hauling oil and ethanol.The railroad and oil industries have pushed to cancel the rule citing its high costs.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN food agency launches fouryear plan for global food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new four-year strategic plan to tackle soaring levels of hunger caused by the global food crisis. “This strategic plan marks a revolution in food aid that supports local markets in breaking the cycle of hunger,” Josette Sheeran, WFP’s Executive Director said today.“I call this our 80-80-80 solution,” she told WFP’s Board members gathered in Rome this week. &#822080 per cent of our cash for food is spent in the developing world, 80 per cent of our ground transport is procured in the developing world, and 80 per cent of our staff is hired locally in the developing world.” WFP spends more than $2 billion a year on food, transport and staff in the developing world. The new strategic plan emphasizes life-saving emergency aid, such as for 3 million vulnerable people in Darfur, but it also focuses on prevention, local purchase of food, and using targeted cash and voucher programs when food is available locally but not accessible for the hungry. The announcement of WFP’s four-year strategic plan follows last week’s High-Level Conference on World Food Security in Rome, where world leaders gathered to discuss hunger and agriculture development issues against the backdrop of high global food and fuel prices. The tools laid out in the plan include early warning systems and vulnerability analysis, as well as preparedness and disaster reduction and mitigation, and effective emergency response in life-saving situations. The plan also includes spending to strengthen smallholder farming, local transport and communication networks, as well as school meals and support for mother-and-child health and nutrition programmes. Last year, WFP used its cash resources to purchase $612 million worth of food in 69 developing countries. 13 June 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new four-year strategic plan to tackle soaring levels of hunger caused by the global food crisis. read more

New video released in Varaschin murder case

Four years after the murder of Sonia Varaschin, police have released new surveillance video.The footage is from a gazebo in a park behind Orangeville city hall, not far from where Varaschin’s car was left in August 2010.Police would like to identify the two people in the video and speak to them. They are potential witnesses in this case, not suspects. Varaschin went missing back in 2010, and her body was found in a wooded area near Orangeville a week later.Police say they are still committed to finding out who murdered the Orangeville nurse. They’re offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to catching the killer. read more

Security Council debates Israeli barrier separating it from West Bank

Video of Security Council meeting The more than 40 speakers during the daylong debate discussed a resolution sponsored by Syria, which is chairing the Arab Group for October and requested the open meeting. The text’s main operative paragraph would have the Council decide “that the construction by Israel, the occupying power, of a wall in the Occupied Territories departing from the armistice line of 1949 is illegal under relevant provisions of international law and must be ceased and reversed.”Palestinian Permanent Observer Nasser al-Kidwa said Israel’s claim that the wall was a security measure to prevent suicide bombings was incredible and illogical since Israel could have built the barrier along the armistice Green Line.Despite the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibiting such activity, the occupying power had illegally transferred more than 400,000 Israeli settlers to more than 200 settlements built on 8 per cent of Palestinian land, he said.Responding, Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman said with nearly 6,000 Israelis injured and 870 killed since September 2000, Israel had very few options for protecting its citizens.The security fence – which was mainly a chain-linked fence, he said – was one of the most effective non-violent methods and would improve the daily life of Palestinians by reducing Israel’s involvement in Palestinian areas and allowing the removal of roadblocks and checkpoints.Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad of Syria said it was significant that the Israeli representative had failed to mention where the wall was to be erected – on occupied Palestine territories that Israel wanted to annex.Despite appeals from its own allies, Israel was persisting in building the wall, which in many places ran east of the Green Line and sealed off some Palestinian communities and undermined the continuity of a Palestinian state, said Senegalese Ambassador Papa Louis Fall, chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.This action prejudged the final outcome of status negotiations, he said. read more

Georgias new President assures Security Council of commitment to peace in Abkhazia

Video of the Security Council meeting [24mins] Pledging his unwavering commitment to the peaceful resolution of the separatist conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia’s new President Mikhail Saakashvili appealed to the United Nations Security Council today to enhance its efforts to advance lasting peace and stability in his country.To promote that process, Mr. Saakashvili told the 15-member body he was ready to guarantee the highest possible degree of autonomy to Abkhazia within the Georgian State.The UN has maintained an observer mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) since 1994 after an accord reached in Moscow ended fighting in northwestern Georgia between government and separatist forces that forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee.Today, Georgia still suffers from the painful wounds of civil conflict that had separated families and destroyed the future of a generation, President Saakashvili said. But encouraged by certain positive developments, task forces established in the framework of the Geneva process might form a powerful mechanism for the entire peace process, he added.The framework involves the so-called Group of Friends of the Secretary-General – France, Germany, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – working to help achieve peace. At a meeting last week, attended by Georgia but not the Abkhaz side, the group hailed progress in political and security matters, refugee returns and economic cooperation.Mr. Saakashvili called the deployment of a civilian UN police unit in the Gali region, on the Abkhaz side of the ceasefire lines, a real and positive step forward that should be fully implemented. It was particularly necessary for the return of refugees, he added.He appealed to the Council to work towards ending the “damaging” Russian policies of providing citizenship to people in the conflict region, granting a visa-free regime and illegally acquiring property on Abkhazian soil, all of which reduced chances for lasting security. At the same time, he said his recent “very constructive” talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin signalled a new era of improved relations between the two countries.In his latest report to the Council last month Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that talks on Abkhazia’s future status within Georgia had still not started, with the Abkhaz side continuing to invoke its unilateral 1999 “declaration of independence.” He appealed to them to abandon their “uncompromising position.” read more

UN rights chief appalled at recent treatment of refugees migrants by Hungarian

“The images of women and young children being assaulted with tear gas and water cannons at Hungary’s border with Serbia were truly shocking,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release.“I am appalled at the callous, and in some cases illegal, actions of the Hungarian authorities in recent days, which include denying entry to, arresting, summarily rejecting and returning refugees, using disproportionate force on migrants and refugees, as well as reportedly assaulting journalists and seizing video documentation. Some of these actions amount to clear violations of international law.”The Hungarian Government has built a fence on its border with Serbia and closed border crossings. A new law criminalizing irregular entry into Hungary came into effect Tuesday, according to the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR). Hungary has reportedly already begun returning refugees to Serbia, following very summary proceedings. The Government is also talking of building more fences along its other borders with Romania and Croatia. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban defended the measures, arguing that they concerned “defending our lifestyle,” and contrasted this lifestyle with that of Muslims, the news release pointed out.High Commissioner Zeid deplored the xenophobic and anti-Muslim views that appear to lie at the heart of current Hungarian Government policy.“The package of measures brought in overnight between Monday and Tuesday is incompatible with the human rights commitments binding on Hungary,” the High Commissioner said. “This is an entirely unacceptable infringement of the human rights of refugees and migrants. Seeking asylum is not a crime, and neither is entering a country irregularly.”“Many have made harrowing sea journeys to avoid other border fences,” he added. He also said he is extremely concerned at the “repeated failures” of the European Union to agree on firm and principled action to respond to the crisis in Hungary and elsewhere. “Current events highlight the urgent need for bolder and more human-rights driven migration and asylum policies in Europe.” read more

Mens volleyball Ohio State rolls over Saint Francis in straight sets

Then-junior setter Christy Blough (5) sets the ball during a match against Ball State on Feb. 6, 2016.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe momentum kept rolling Friday night as the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team added another win to its current 29-game streak, this time at Saint Francis University. The Buckeyes won in straight sets 25-23, 25-18, 25-18.The win puts OSU at 6-0 on the season while Saint Francis falls to an even 3-3. The game marks the 30th win for the Buckeyes over the Red Flash in the teams’ 31-game history.OSU has now won 87 of the last 105 sets with a sweep over Saint Francis. The Buckeyes are within striking distance of matching the school record 32-game win streak that was set during OSU’s 24-0 run to end the 1969 season and the first eight games of the 1970 season.Senior opposite Miles Johnson led the Buckeyes in kills with 11, while junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir had eight kills on 12 errorless attempts, notching a .667 hitting percentage.Senior opposite Jeff Hogan was the Red Flash’s team leader in kills with 13, but had 6 attacking on the night. Redshirt junior outside hitter Stephen Braswell followed Hogan in kills with seven of his own.Neith team in the first set accumulated much of a lead with a total of 15 ties. Eventually, OSU pulled away with kills from redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson and junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, as well as a combined block by Hervoir and Lesson, to seal the deal for the Buckeyes to win 25-23.The Buckeyes thoroughly dominated the second set with a couple timely runs. Five straight points put OSU up 10-5, then a six-point run built the lead to 24-15. Lesson’s kill closed the set at 25-18.After a seven-all start, OSU went on another six-point streak in the third set. The Buckeyes were nearly perfect in their attacking with only one hitting error, swinging at .560 percent. OSU’s offensive efforts were complimented by senior libero Gabriel Domecus’ match high six digs to help the Buckeyes win 25-18.Ohio State plays again Tuesday night in St. John Arena in a Big Ten clash against No. 15 Penn State at 7 p.m. read more

IPL teams could be allowed to retain three players

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL auction to be held on January 27, 28December 20, 2017In “Sports”IPL franchises allowed to retain up to five playersDecember 6, 2017In “latest news”2017 IPL auction delayed until late FebruaryFebruary 2, 2017In “latest news” The eight IPL franchises are likely to be allowed to retain up to three players each before the player auction in the 2018 pre-season. Such a proposal was discussed by the IPL governing council in Delhi on Tuesday. The governing council will meet again next week to deliberate on the issue before making a final decision on November 14 at a workshop with all eight franchises.Steven Smith and MS Dhoni have a chat in the field (AFP photo)Although a final decision remains to be made, a BCCI official suggested that the three players could be a combination of two Indians and one overseas player, or two overseas players and one Indian. ESPNcricinfo understands that not all franchises have been keen on retaining players, but Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the two teams that are returning to the IPL after serving a two-year suspension, were “keen” to retain a certain number of players.If the IPL allows the retention of a certain number of players, both these franchises would be able to pick their choices from the two teams that replaced them in the last two editions of the IPL: Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions.MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith, Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis are some of the prominent names that featured for Supergiant and Lions in the last two years.It is understood that the IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin met with representatives of the eight franchises in the last few months to gather suggestions before a final plan is laid out at the franchise workshop next month.It is not just the number of players that should be retained that the franchises have different opinions about – they are also concerned by the purse that will be made available to them.Some of the richer franchises are keen to have a maximum purse of INR 80 crore as opposed to some franchises which are happy with INR 75 crore. The IPL governing council is likely to take a final call at its next meeting.One franchise official pointed out that the richer teams might want a bigger purse in order to spend big money to retain marquee players. The official suggested the IPL should consider a smaller purse as well as sticking to the retention policy it had used in the past. In 2014, when the retention policy was introduced for the first time by the IPL, every franchise was allowed to retain a maximum of five capped players. Back then every franchise had a salary cap of INR 60 crore, out of which a fixed amount would be deducted for every player retained. The break-up of the deduction was: Player 1 – INR 12.5 crore, Player 2 – 9.5 cr, Player 3 – 7.5 cr, Player 4 – 5.5 cr and Player 5 – 4 cr.Simultaneously the franchises could buy back additional players through the right-to-match-card option in the 2014 auction. On Tuesday, the IPL governing council discussed the right-to-match-card option, but there was no clarity on the issue. The right-to-match card essentially gives a franchise the first right of refusal to its players, allowing it to buy its player back after other franchises have completed the bidding process for him.In 2014 the number of right-to-match cards available to each franchise was dependent on the number of players already retained. A franchise retaining between three and five players had one right-to-match card, while a franchise retaining up to two players had two right-to-match cards; those not retaining any player had three cards to play. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Arcadian cocktail night

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Panarcadian Association of Melbourne and Victoria is opening its doors to the newly renovated heritage building and invite you to connect and network with other Acadians at the Cocktail Reunion, hoping that this informal gathering will strengthen ties and forge new friendships amongst second and third generations Arcadians. Drinks and finger food provided. When: Sunday 6 October, 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm Where: Arcadian Club, 1/570 Victoria Street, North Melbournelast_img read more