Pak Says Will Attend Heart Of Asia Onference In India
- Pakistan has said it will take part in the Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan to be held in India despite tension and periodic exchange of fire across the Line of Control (LoC). Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that Pakistan will participate in the Heart of Asia conference. "Pakistan will attend the Heart of Asia conference," he told media yesterday. However, it was not clear the level of participation by Pakistan. The key ministerial meeting of the conference - also called the Istanbul process - is scheduled to take place in Amritsar on December 4.
- Last year in December the meeting of the Istanbul process was hosted by Pakistan. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had attended the meeting. It is also not known if there would be any formal interaction between Pakistani and Indian officials. Pakistan's participation was doubtful due to ongoing tensions and Indian boycott of the summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.
Ratan Tata Hints At Changes In Tata Group
- Tata Sons Interim Chairman Ratan N. Tata, hinting at possible changes in the group companies, on Tuesday urged them to "act as leaders in their respective markets and enhance returns to shareholders." "The companies must focus on their market position vis-a-vis competition, and not compare themselves to their own past. The drive must be on leadership rather than to follow it," Tata said, speaking to the group companies' managing directors and senior corporate leaders.
- He urged the top leaders of the group companies to focus on their respective businesses, "without being concerned about change in leadership." This is the first reaction from Tata a day after he was named as Tata Sons Interim Chairman in the wake of dizzying developments leading to the removal of Cyrus P. Mistry as Chairman. He added that he looked forward to working with his team as they had done together in the past. "An institution must exceed the people who lead it. I am proud of all of you and let us continue to build this group together," he said in his motivating speech. Hinting at possible changes in the functioning of the companies, he referred to ongoing initiatives and said these will be evaluated and those required would continue to be undertaken.
- "If there is any change, they will be discussed with you," he assured the company top bosses. Tata reiterated that he had assumed the role of Interim Chairman "for stability and continuity so that there is no vacuum". He assured it would be a short term arrangement and a new permanent leadership will be in place. In an unexpected development, the Tata Sons conglomerate on Monday announced its board had replaced Mistry as the company Chairman, and named Ratan N. Tata as Interim Chairman. The Board also constituted a Selection Committee to choose a new Chairman for Tata Sons, comprising Ratan N. Tata, Venu Srinivasan, Amit Chandra, Ronen Sen and Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya.
BCCI Indefinitely Defers Media Rights Tender Process
- The BCCI decided to indefinitely defer the awarding of its global media rights - broadcast and digital - which was scheduled for today as the Justice RM Lodha Committee is yet to appoint an independent auditor to oversee the entire process. In a detailed media release, the BCCI explained its side of the story about the repeated communications with the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Panel and how its commercial interests were being hurt due to the delay in the process of awarding tenders, while "apologising" to the potential bidders - 18 - from across the world.
- The release stated about BCCI seeking a directive on the process, details sought by the committee and the response from the board today. "Keeping in view the urgency in the matter, the BCCI has informed the Committee that the tender process being underway there were certain timelines that potential bidders were following"
India Drub China 9-0 To Seal Semis Spot
- Akashdeep Singh and Jasjit Singh Kular scored a brace each as a ruthless India routed China 9-0 in a round-robin match to enter the semi-finals of the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. India displayed technical superiority over the Chinese as they ran riot, going 4-0 up till the half-time. They scored goals through Akashdeep Singh (ninth and 39th minutes), Affan Yousuf (19th), Jasjit Singh Kular (22nd and 51st), Rupinder Pal Singh (25th), Nikkin Thimmaiah (34th), Lalit Upadhyay (37th), Devinder Walmiki (41st). In total, India had 24 shots at the target while China had five as Akash Chitke, standing in for India's premier goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh had a quiet outing.
- With this win, India moved to the top of the standings with 10 points from four matches. They face Malaysia in their final round-robin match that could decide the top placed team before the knockouts. The hosts have nine points from three matches and are second on the table. Meanwhile Japan are out of the race for the semi-finals after losing four consecutive matches -- the latest coming in the form of a 3-4 defeat to Pakistan. Muhammad Aleem Bilal scored a couple of penalty corner goals as Pakistan moved to the third spot of the standings. India dominated the game from the start to the end.
- Such was their domination that the match was almost played in China's half. It took only six minutes for India to stamp their authority when Akashdeep made China pay for a poor back pass as he trapped the ball a couple of yards behind the "D" before shooting past H.Y. Wang with a reverse stick. In the second half, India upped the ante and the goals rained. The quick counter-attacking flair of the Indians came to the fore as India found it easy. Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep built the moves from the right as the Chinese defenders outnumbered the duo, the latter passed the ball to Yousuf, who drove the ball inside the goal on the far post to make it 2-0. Four minutes later, Jasjit made it 3-0 as he single-handedly stole the ball from the midfield to enter the rival circle before playing a one-two with S.K. Uthappa prior to employ a reverse-hand strike past the Chinese custodian. (IANS) Asian Champions Trophy Hockey
Make Sports Compulsory Subject In Schools : Sports Minister
- Batting for sports to be included in school curriculum, Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said that to impart the desired importance to sports, it should be made a compulsory subject at the school level. Goel said marks should be also given to students for their involvement in sports activities. Addressing the 64th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) here today, Goel said, this is also essential to deal with the growing incidence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases among children.
- The Minister said that for realising the full potential of sports, it is essential that we take effective steps to promote it in educational institutions without any further delay. Goel emphasised that every educational institution should have access to a playfield and basic sports facilities. Such institutions which do not have these facilities should tie up with neighbouring institutions. He said physical education teachers should be engaged by every school. Standard guidelines should be framed and issued for admission under sports quota, relaxation to sportspersons from attendance and appearance in examinations.