‘Red Cards’ Coming Soon On Cricket Field
- MUMBAI: From October 1, 2017, cricket is set to join sports like hockey and football which allows players to be be ejected from the field. In the case of cricket, players will be sent off for serious disciplinary breaches like threatening an umpire, physically assaulting a player umpire, official or spectator, or any other act of violence.
- Restricting the size of the bat — which currently varies widely, giving batsmen an unfair advantage — was the other major recommendation of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) World Cricket Committee, which met here on Tuesday and Wednesday. The recommendations need to be approved by the main MCC committee, which should be a formality. The MCC, headquartered at Lord's in London, is the custodian of the laws of the game.
RumblingsOver 'Hasty' Swearing-In Of O Panneerselvam
- CHENNAI : Less than 24 hours after AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa was laid to rest+ , rumblings have started in the party. Senior leaders have begun to question the "indecent haste" with which O Panneerselvam was sworn in as the chief minister as they feel it was a temporary move before Sasikalaa makes her ambitions clear. A quiet power struggle between two dominant caste groups has been playing out since Monday evening, even before the announcement of Jayalalithaa's death; now it seems to get audible with leaders talking about the likelihood of Sasikalaa trying to play a bigger role+ . A few legislators who told TOI on Tuesday that they would support Sasikalaa as the party general secretary made a U-turn on Wednesday.
- "We believe the swearing-in was done in a hurry to check any rebellion against Sasikalaa taking control suddenly," said a senior AIADMK leader. Sasikalaa, who controlled much of the party affairs even when Jayalalithaa was in charge, is said to have the backing of more than half of the party MLAs, many of them thevars, a community to which she and OPS belong. Another leader was more emotional. "Amma was buried as 'Puratchi Thalaivi Selvi J Jayalalithaa' (as embossed on her coffin) and not as the Tamil Nadu chief minister," said a senior party leader. "This is because they were in a tearing hurry to swear in OPS as CM. There is something fishy." A senior AIADMK MP countered the argument saying that the reason for the haste was to avoid any uncertainty.
- "Our rivals are bound to prey on our party. Moreover, wasn't Rajiv Gandhi too sworn in even before the funeral of his mother Indira Gandhi?" Partymen point to earlier occasions when chief ministers died in office and interim CMs took on the responsibilities. When C N Annadurai died in January 1969 while in office, V R Nedunchezhian, the senior most DMK leader was made the interim CM, and he remained in that post from February 3 to 10, 1969. Following the death of AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran on December 24, 1987, his wife Janaki became the CM only on January 7. Till then there was no interim CM, some AIADMK legislators pointed out. The presence of an array of Sasikalaa relatives at Rajaji Hall in Chennai, where Jayalalithaa's body was placed for public view, has upset a large section of partymen, some senior leaders told TOI.
- The presence of an array of Sasikalaa relatives+ at Rajaji Hall in Chennai, where Jayalalithaa's body was placed for public view, has upset a large section of partymen, some senior leaders told TOI. The relatives took centre stage even as political leaders and others became a sideshow. "These are the family members, including Sasikalaa's husband M Natarajan, whom Jayalalithaa had expelled from the party. How can she give them such prominence? Sasikalaa has failed to respect Amma's wishes," said a leader. This has sent a wrong signal across the party's rank and file, he said.
Pankaj, Sourav In World Billiards Quarterfinals
- BENGALURU: India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani stormed into the quarterfinals defeating compatriot Alok Kumar with a score of 750 points against 547 in the last-16 match of the Long-Up format at the 2016 IBSF World Billiards Championship on Wednesday. Pankaj will take on another Indian player and current national champion Sourav Kothari, who reached the quarterfinals defeating Jaiveer Dhingra. Alok made early inroads in the match just from his second visit itself with the break of 99 points.
- He stuck his reputation of being a tough contender by posting two other breaks of 69 each in his third and fourth visit, which helped him take a lead of 200 points over Pankaj. Pankaj then scored small and effective breaks regularly after he sketched a flawless break of 100 points in his fifth visit. In his fifth visit, he amassed 130 points and accelerated his score by posting another break of 157 points. Alok made a comeback of sorts with three breaks of 42, 48 and 99 to reduce the lead but couldn't do much as Pankaj covered the remaining points by posting 38 and 31 in subsequent visits.
- In another knockout match, Sourav defeated Dhingra 750 against 432. Sourav was in good form and got on the job from second visit itself by posting first break of 77 followed by a massive 208 in 13th visit to leave Dhingra way behind. Though Dhingra tried to recover with a break of 89 points but Sourav rapidly posted another break of 133 points to widen the gap and finally closed the proceedings to step into the quarterfinals.
Digital Transactions To Be New Normal, Says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
- NEW DELHI: Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday that demonetisation indicated a shift in the policymaking psychology and the transitory pain was "regrettable" but would lead to a "cleaner economy and better GDP growth in the long run". "PM had the broad shoulders to face the consequence of this... This option will certainly leave footprints behind as far as future is concerned," he said at the valedictory function of Petrotech 2016.
- He said the economy was headed for a "very major change" in the long term and this marked a turn where policymakers in India would not shy away even from taking very difficult decisions. The FM said the most important event in Indian history was India's independence. "It (independence) was accompanied by pain, the largest migration of population for years. When you are changing the mode of payment, this is a very small incident compared to that," he said.
- "For two years we have continued to be fastest. Few years from now, we hope to evolve from a developing emerging economy to a developed economy." Acknowledging the shortage of cash in the system, Jaitley said the scarcity was being made up in parallel with rising digital transactions, which will soon be the new normal. Jaitley said the long-term advantage of this new normal was that more money would come into the banking system, capacity of banks to support the economy would go up and low-cost funds would be available with banks.