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COA chief Vinod Rai welcomes “excellent” SC order on Lodha reforms

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New Delhi | The Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai today welcomed the Supreme Court order on mandatory cooling off period for BCCI office-bearers after two consecutive terms and for putting a roadmap in place for the Board’s elections.

The original Lodha Committee reforms suggested only one term of three years before mandatory cooling off but today’s order allows office-bearers two consecutive terms before the mandatory cooling off.

The new judgement effectively means that current acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and acting treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry can contest for another term.

”This is an excellent order by the Honourable Court. I have absolutely no problem with office-bearers having two consecutive terms. Even I had originally wanted a six year term before cooling off period but couldn’t get consensus,” Rai told PTI on what is being seen as the most significant aspect of today’s order.

Rai said another positive to come out today is the timeline set by the apex court for the adoption of the approved BCCI constitution, which will also pave the way for the Board’s elections provided there is 100 per cent compliance by the state associations. The state units have been today warned by the SC to either comply or face action.

”Now we finally have a roadmap in place which will lead to adoption of the new constitution and subsequently elections. Now there is a time-line in place,” Rai said.

He also expressed satisfaction that all the original members have retained their voting rights.

The SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, restored the permanent membership of Railways, Services and Universities and granted membership to Mumbai, Saurashtra, Vadodara and Vidarbha.

”We had maintained that legacy units like Mumbai should retain their voting rights. The draft constitution also mentions that. Every member unit should have voting rights,” the former CAG said.

“Now the SC ruling will ensure that state units will have to comply with the order by deadlines or else COA can move court,” Rai signed off. Another COA member Diana Edulji also welcomed the latest order.

“We are happy with the judgement. We were appointed by the Supreme Court in the first place to oversee reforms. Now that SC has modified its order, we will have to see that it is implemented properly. I hope everybody will comply and cricket will move on,” she said.

“We did not having anything personal (against any BCCI official). We were nominated by the SC to do a job and our focus has always been on that,” she added.

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50 people feared dead as train runs over them amidst celebrating Dussehra near Amritsar

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At least 50 people are feared dead in  Jora Phatak area of Amritsar where a train allegedlly ran over people burning the effigy on account of Dussehra.

As per various media reports, hundreds of people had gathered around the area for effigy burning, when a train ran over them, trampling many of them including women and children to death. Around 300 people were at the spot watching ‘Ravan Dahan’, sources said.

The officials said that a throng of people  Dussehra revellers that had thronged onto the railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.

As per the quote of some television news channels, some eyewitnesses claiming that Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other state leaders were present at the event when the accident happened.

There is no news as of now as who organised the event and how the event was allowed so near the railway tracks.

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Activist Trupti Desai who threatened to stop PM Modi’s convoy, detained early morning

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Pune | Women Activist and Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Friday morning was detained on her way to Shirdi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the religious town of Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.

Desai had earlier announced to have a conversation with PM Modi over his silence on the denial of women entry to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. She also wanted an explanation over the assault on women journalists at Niilacka base camp covering the ‘Sabarimala entry’ event.

According to local police, Trupti Desai was detained from her house on grounds of ‘preventive custody’ after she warned to block the PM’s convoy if he did not agree to discuss her demands. Speaking on her arrest to a newspaper, Desai said, “No reason has been given to me for this act of forcible detention. I was only told that the order had come from the Pune Police Commissioner. It is ironic that we activists who are striving for the cause temple entry for women are treated in this manner. Why couldn’t the police in Kerala take preventive measures and detain those hate-mongers and troublemakers ahead of the temple entry at Sabarimala instead?”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his visit to the town of Shirdi will perform groundbreaking ceremony for some projects of the trust along with handing over the keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). PM Modi will also participate in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Sai temple trust.

 

 

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3 terrorists killed in infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar: Three unidentified terrorists were killed in a failed infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a defence spokesman said on Friday. The Army on Thursday foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district, the spokesman said. He said alert troops noticed some suspicious movement along the LoC near Tourna in Boniyar area in the early hours of Thursday and challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators opened fire towards the positions of the security forces which was retaliated, he said, adding three terrorists were killed in the gunbattle.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists were not immediately known.

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