IPL, PepsiCo, Cuttack on agenda as BCCI Working Committee meets

The meeting of the BCCI’s all-powerful working committee has been reconvened on 18 October in Mumbai and is set to be a significant one with numerous issues going up for discussion.

The prior Working Committee meeting of 28 August was adjourned sine die. The bone of contention was whether N Srinivasan could go to the gatherings of the BCCI as the approved representative of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association with respect to the conflict of interest issue.

Shashank Manohar, the new president of the Board, had declared setting up of an Ombudsman or Ethics Officer, among numerous other things, with a perspective to clean up the Board and make its working straightforward in the public domain.

Another real point of talk would be the guide for the conduct of the following version of IPL after two teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, were suspended for a long time by the Supreme Court on the Justice Lodha Committee’s proposals in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal.

The incident of bottle throwing by a section of the furious crowd at Cuttack amid the second India- South Africa T20 International is also anticipated to come up for discussion. Manohar has requested for a full report of the episode from the Odisha Cricket Association.

Likewise on the agenda would be finding another sponsor for the IPL after PepsiCo communicated its decision to end the association.


Now, apply for Voter ID card through mobile app


Ahead of one year from now’s state Assembly polls, an Electoral Assistance System tapping mobile and online facility for accessing voter details, was propelled here today, guaranteed to be the first such in the country.

Through the new facility – EASY – a voter can get his or her voter card or make changes through mobile phone, by telephone or by online portal service, State Chief Electoral Officer Sandeep Saxena said, launching it.

“We have introduced for the first time in the country these type of facilities, through which duplication of voter details can be avoided and one can get the voter identity card in 15 days,” he told reporters here.

Compared to the earlier model of updating details of voters district wise in Tamil Nadu, he said under the new system the details of voters in all the 32 districts has been “integrated”.

“Through this method, we will be able to remove errors in voters data and also r and also remove duplicate entries. It can be done very accurately,” he said.

He said the election commission website was undergoing changes and a revamped website will be launched on October 16.

To a query whether the existing method of adding voters details manually through special camps would be phased out, he said, “It is not so. The new facility would be available along with the existing model.”

During the recent special campaign undertaken by his office, he said 14.5 lakh voters’ applications were received.

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2015

OSLO: The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015.

Announcing the honour in Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the Tunisian National Dialog Quartet has been awarded the peace prize for its final commitment to the building of a pluralistic vote based system in Tunisia in the Jasmine’s wake Revolution of 2011.

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth $972,000, will be exhibited in Oslo on December 10.

“The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief,” the Nobel Committee said in its press release.
The prize is a tremendous triumph for little Tunisia, whose youthful and still shaky democracy endured two radical assaults this year and devastated 60 individuals and crushed the tourism business.

The National Dialogue Quartet is comprised of four key associations in Tunisian common society: the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

There were 273 competitors selected for the 2015 peace prize, five less than in 2014.

The award capped a week of Nobel Prize declarations, with the winners of medicine, material science, Chemistry and literature awards displayed before in Stockholm.

The economics award — not a unique Nobel Prize but rather made in 1968 — will be declared on Monday.

Hockey India announces start of online ticket sales for World League Final

Hockey India on Thursday declared the start of the online ticket sales for the much anticipated Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 to be held in Raipur later in the year. The tournament, which is good to go, is set to highlight the 8 best  Hockey teams of the world who will be battling it out for the title. The tournament  will be held from November 27 to December 6, 2015. The tournament is the most anticipated amongst the hockey fans in Raipur as they gear up to witness India proceeding with its triumphant spree in their city.

The tickets are estimated at Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 for the General Stands, while the VIP stand tickets are priced at Rs. 1000. With the tournament being played at The International Hockey Stadium in Raipur, onlookers will witness the first of its kind International tournament being played in the newly constructed stadium.

Speaking on the declaration, Hockey India Secretary General Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad said, “I am proud to announce the kick start of the online ticket sales of the much awaited Hero Hockey World League Final to be held in Raipur. We are confident of a positive response from the hockey fans in the city and I am sure the spectators will have a great time watching their favourite players LIVE in front of them.”

With the tournament divided into two Pools (‘A’ and ‘B’), India is a part of Pool “B” alongside The Netherlands, Germany and Argentina. India will be playing its first match against Argentina on 27th November 2015.


Jayaram, Gurusaidutt, Thulasi win in Dutch Open

It was end of the road for fourth seed B Sai Praneeth after he went down battling to Denmark’s Rasmus Fladberg.

Protecting champion Ajay Jayaram and Commonwealth bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the Dutch Open Grand Prix subsequent to scoring up straight-game wins in Round 2.

Overflowing with certainty after his maiden runners-up completion at the Korea Super Series, World No. 25 Jayaram whipped Germany’s Fabian Roth 21-14 21-10 to set up a match against Kasper Lehikoinen of Finland in men’s singles.

Ninth seed Gurusaidutt additionally saw off Chinese Taipei’s Chun-Wei Chen 21-14 21-19 in the second round the previous evening. He will next tackle Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine.

Then again, it was end of the road for fourth seed B Sai Praneeth after he went down battling to Denmark’s Rasmus Fladberg 21-15 7 21-12.

In women’s singles, P.C. Thulasi additionally made a positive begin to her battle as she beat Netherlands’ Gayle Mahulette 20-22 21-15 21-16. She will play Ireland’s Chloe Magee next.

Celebrities plan for Big B’s Birthday

From Vijay Dinanath Chauhan to Piku’s father, we have seen him playing many roles. On 11th October, the much beloved superstar of Indian cinema will turn a year older.Yes, the day marks the birthday of Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan.  With a few days left for Big B’s birthday, celebration planning has already begun.

This year too, the Bahu of Bachchan parivaar has been seen planning for his 73rd birthday to be celebrated as grand as ever. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who shares a warm equation with her father-in-law is trying to make it very special inspite of her busy schedule due to her upcoming  film ‘Jazbaa’ whose rele­­­­ase is due on October 9th.

Aishwarya told Pinkvilla” My film’s schedule has kept me busy but I would be back before Pa’s birthday. I’m very excited, really looking forward to it.”
Interestingly, Amitabh Bachchan’s good friend, Salman Khan also seems to beplanning a birthday surprise for Big B this year. Although Salman was initially quite shocked when he came to know that Big B’s birthday is coinciding with the date of Bigg Boss 9 premiere which is on October 11.Rather he was more than happy to dedicate the first episode of the show to Bachchan. He said, “It’s just a coincidence and nothing was planned as such. But now that it is, we’ll take the credit for it. Since he (Amitabh) was the host Raj (CEO of Colors) thought it was only fair to launch the show on Bachchan Saab’s birthday. So this is our way to say ‘Happy Birthday to you sir.”

24 hour bandh by chemists for online sale of medicines




Odisha district will face strike of chemists on October 14  over 20,000 chemists have decided to go

on a 24 hours bandh for protesting against the online sale of medicines in India. According to them, the

online sale affects the livelihood and sales of 8 lakh chemists all over the country.

“The online sale of medicines violates the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 “said by Chaudhary Prabir das,

the general secretary of Utkal Chemists and druggists Association. He added that “the centre is

promoting e-commerce but violating the Act and as per the act the medicines can be purchased on the

basis of the prescription of the doctor.” The prescription must have a stamp of the doctor, the name and

the address of the patient, and then only a retail chemist can provide medicines to the person which is

violated by the online sale of medicines.

The retail and wholesale medicine dealers are going on a protest against the online sale of medicines by

closing their stores from midnight October 13 to the midnight of October 14, 2015 for complete 24

hours. The Association has written to the health minister of the country regarding the same and for

prohibiting the online sale of toxics, drugs and medicines. Toxic drugs are advised by doctors on the

sufferings of the patient and should be sold by showing the original prescription at the medicine retail

and wholesale stores.