ICC Clause Rubbishes Ball Tampering Allegations Spotlight
- Allegations of ball tampering levelled against Indian Test captain Virat Kohli by a British tabloid do not hold much ground as per the specific clauses in the ICC's Rules and Regulations about playing conditions. A British tabloid 23 November 2016 accused that some footages indicated that Kohli appeared to shine the ball using residue from a sweet during the first Test in Rajkot. However, there has been no complaint filed by the visiting team and they declined to comment on the issue.
- As per ICC regulations on ball tampering, if a team wants to lodge a complaint about ball tampering by a rival team or its player, it has to be done within five days of the completion of the Test match. According to ICC's 220.127.116.11 a Level 1 Offence or a Level 2 Offence that is alleged to have been committed at any time or place (whether on the field of play or otherwise), then the report must be lodged with the Match Referee (or, where, for logistical reasons, it is impractical to lodge with the Match Referee, the ICC's Cricket Operations Department) within five (5) days of the commission of the alleged offence." The match in question is the Rajkot Test which ended on November 13 and if England team had any complaints, they needed to make it official by November 18. (Agencies)
Hockey India League To Begin On January 21
- The fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) will begin on January 21 with a clash between Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays in Mumbai. The semifinals will be played on February 25 while the final is scheduled for February 26. "The Finals weekend as is tradition will be hosted at the defending Champions home ground, in this case the Jaypee Punjab Warriors stadium at Chandigarh," a press relase stated.
- FIH President and HIL Chairman Narinder Dhruv Batra said, "It has not just been a great spectacle for fans and players, but also a great model to demonstrate sustained growth for the sport. We hope to raise the bar again this season, by increasing reach to more fans via innovative mediums as well as better revenues for players and sponsors. The League benefits our Indian players "
India To Get Swiss Account Holders' Info From 2019
- From September 2019, India will start getting information automatically about accounts held by Indians in Swiss banks. An Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) accord signed by the two countries on Tuesday facilitates this. "Fighting the menace of black money stashed in offshore accounts has been a key priority for the present government," a finance ministry release said here. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman Sushil Chandra and deputy chief of mission in the Swiss embassy here Gilles Roduit signed the joint declaration for implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information between the two nations, the statement said.
- "It will now be possible for India to receive from September 2019 onwards the financial information of accounts held by Indian residents in Switzerland for 2018 and subsequent years on an automatic basis," it added. The government's recent demonetisation of high-value currency notes has provoked calls from opposition parties for the government to act also against black money stashed abroad, particularly in Swiss banks.
Microsoft Saves $10 Million Yearly Through Carbon Offset
- More than $10 million has been saved every year and emissions reduced by the equivalent of 7.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through investments in energy efficiency, green power and carbon offset community projects, software giant Microsoft says in a new report. The company, which set a voluntary internal carbon fee four years ago, says its carbon-neutral initiatives have impacted more than 3.2 million people in emerging nations. It has purchased more than 10 billion kilowatt-hours of "green power" for lighting up its offices since July 2012.These facts came to light in its white paper that was released at the just concluded COP-22 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech in Morocco.
- "We seek to serve as a model in our commitment to environmental sustainability by delivering on our carbon neutrality commitment and uncovering new ways technology can help us better understand our planet," says the paper, quoting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. It says the company's goal is to reach a point where all greenhouse gas emissions are safely absorbed by healthy forests, soils, and other natural or nature-based infrastructure. "Since we implemented the carbon fee (July 2012), we have reinvested a portion of the carbon fee investment fund into our company through a range of internal carbon reduction initiatives, such as lighting equipment upgrades and e-waste recycling," says the paper.
- "Specifically, part of the cost of energy that we consume from carbon-based sources is ultimately redirected to invest in projects that reduce the environmental impact of our operationally controlled facilities." The paper says that since the launch of the programme, the company has funded over 60 projects in 23 countries by investing more than $2 million. To establish the price on carbon, the company has a Carbon Neutral Council, a cross-corporate group that provides feedback on and buy-in to the programme. To retire its e-waste appropriately, the company has recycled over 400,000 assets and reused over 350,000 assets in the US alone. The programme also supports additional recycling and reuse in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. To light up its offices, the company is switching over to renewable sources.