MS Dhoni Quits As Captain Of ODI And T20 Teams
- NEW DELHI : MS Dhoni stepped down as the captain of India's limited-overs sides but he will be available for the selection for the upcoming England ODI and T20I series starting January 15, tweeted BCCI. The BCCI's senior selection committee will meet on Friday to announce the Indian cricket team for the three-match One-Day Internationals (ODI) and the subsequent three T20 Internationals.
- After losing the five-match Test series 0-4, England will return from their Christmas and New Year break for the limited overs leg of the tour, which starts with the two practice games on January 10 and 12. The first ODI will played in Pune on January 15 followed by the second and third games on January 19 and 22 at Cuttack and Kolkata respectively.
F1 Champions Mercedes To 'Unveil The Beast' On February 23
- LONDON : Mercedes, Formula One's dominant team who have yet to announce a replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg, will present their 2017 car at Silverstone on February 23. The Mercedes website (www.mercedesamgf1.com) said on Wednesday that the reigning champions would "unveil the beast to the world" at the British Grand Prix circuit down the road from their Brackley factory. Fans who register for a prize draw on Facebook will have the chance to win VIP access to witness the first laps of the W08 challenger. Mercedes won 19 of 21 races last season and started all but one from pole position.
- They will start the season in Australia in March as favourites for a fourth successive title, with Britain's triple world champion Lewis Hamilton leading the campaign in the absence of former rival Rosberg. The German driver stunned Formula One by announcing his retirement five days after winning a first title in Abu Dhabi in late November, saying he had reached the peak and achieved his ambition. His decision left Mercedes in a difficult position, with other leading drivers all under contract with rivals at such a late point in the year. It was also an admission of just how tough a team mate Hamilton, who won 10 grands prix to Rosberg's nine, had been to beat over the course of a season. Rosberg's replacement is expected to be announced imminently, with testing starting at the end of February in Spain.
- Finland's Valtteri Bottas is seen as a safe bet, as well as a safe pair of hands, to land the seat. The motorsport.com website has reported that the Williams driver visited the Mercedes factory over the Christmas break. The 2017 season will see wider tyres, faster cars and revised aerodynamics with Mercedes likely to face a tougher test from rivals Red Bull - who have Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen - and Ferrari. "I hope we can be as successful as we've been in 2016. It was not always an easy ride and I don't expect it to be any easier in 2017 but certainly one thing, it's going to be good fun again," said team boss Toto Wolff in a New Year's message.
Maharashtra To Have A Say In Selection Of CBSE School Principals
- From now, CBSE schools cannot appoint principals on their own as the central board and the state education department will have a say in the selection. For, the board has amended its affiliation bylaws making it mandatory for school managements to have representatives of the CBSE and the state education departments on the selection committees for appointment of principals. According to new rules, the committee must comprise three managementnominated members, one independent expert, one CBSE nominee and one or more nominees of the state education department. It means the management's decision can be vetoed. There has been a long-drawn batt le between CBSE schools and the state education department on the issue, with the latter demanding a say in the selection process.
- Welcoming the CBSE decision, a state education department official said, "In fact, we had sought for this way back in 2010 but the schools weren't even ready to hear our views. Many CBSE school managements look down at us even though they all start off as our affiliates before shifting to the central board." Echoing his views, another state education department official said, "Now that the CBSE has changed the rules, the schools have no other choice but to fall in line. We will finally have a role in making decisions for CBSE schools, which will help to ensure that all rules and regulations laid down by the state are implemented properly." Schools, however, are unhappy with the decision, with many terming it an "unnecessary intrusion".
- The trustee of a CBSE school said, "There's a saying `if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. The CBSE has most probably given in to pressure from states and added this clause. Our selection methods are transparent and follow the norms." Another trustee of a CBSE school, who also runs a college, said, "This new rule will only add friction in the selection process. For long, the state education officials have held a grudge against the top CBSE schools and this will be like `payback' time." This decision is another shot in the arm for state education officials, who are apparently having a cold war with CBSE schools. TOI reported on Wednesday how the central board has brought back its mandatory no objection certificate (NOC) rule for schools seeking its affiliation. So schools seeking CBSE affiliation will have to submit an NOC from their home state along a certificate of recognition.0 The reason an NOC is required is because every school starts off as a state board affiliate.
No Trace Of Composer RD Burman’s Recordings In DD Archive
- KOLKATA : At least four hours of recording of composer RD Burman might have been lost from Doordarshan, regretted Abhijit Dasgupta, Pancham's maternal uncle on Wednesday, the legendary music director's 22nd death anniversary. Just before the release of the Rishi Kapoor-starrer 'Hum Kisise Kum Naheen', Pancham and Asha Bhonsle had come down to Kolkata. Dasgupta, a film-maker and former station director of Doordarshan Kendra, was a producer at Doordarshan then. Younger to Pancham, he would address him as 'Tulao'. "I met Tulao and Asha at a hotel. We recorded two hours of their interview along with their songs. It was for a programme on Doordarshan titled 'Musically Yours: RD Burman 1'.
- Both of them had sung numbers from the film and narrated anecdotes on them," he said. Post retirement, when Dasgupta enquired about this recording, he was told it couldn't be found. "Another priceless recording done around 1980-81 remains untraced. That was before the advent of colour on television," he recounted. Pancham, along with Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle, had come for a programme at Netaji Indore Stadium. When TOI asked Rajat Bose, deputy director general, Doordarshan Kendra, about these recordings, he said, "I am not aware of the status. Back then, we didn't have much awareness about archiving. But we will try and search them out." Dasgupta pointed out, "Verbally and over email, I was told by Rajat Bose that even the old almirahs where the recordings were kept have long been 'relocated' and are being used by 'other officials'. I wanted a search for the missing programmes but nothing has been done till date."
- The apathy towards Pancham, however, doesn't end there. The house on 36/1 South End Park, where Pancham had spent 15 years of his life, lies in abject neglect. It was declared a heritage structure in 2006. Built in 1948, the Dev Burmans had moved into the house. It was from here that a young Pancham travelled to the HMV studio in Dum Dum for his first recording. After his grandmother's death in late 80s, RD sold off the house. But every time he was in Kolkata, he would drop in at the house. "Had this been abroad, the house would have been turned into a museum. I wrote a letter to the local councillor who, I'm told, had forwarded it to the KMC buildings department. But nothing was done," Dasgupta rued.