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Woman from Assam gang-raped in Delhi
Woman from Assam gang-raped in Delhi

Woman from Assam gang-raped in Delhi

A 30-year-old woman from Assam was allegedly assaulted and gang-raped by four of her neighbours in west Delhi’s Mundka area, police said on Sunday.

All the four accused have been arrested and sent to Tihar jail, police said.

The woman has been living alone in the area since her husband passed away. According to a complaint, the four neighbours had been harassing her for sometime.

On November 8, they barged into her house, thrashed her and raped her. “Hearing commotion in the house, someone made a PCR call following which a police team rushed to the spot and arrested the accused,” a police officer said.

“The woman was rushed to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital from where she was referred to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital. She has recently been discharged from the hospital. Currently, she is being counselled,” the officer said.

A case of gang-rape, house trespass and other relevant sections has been registered and further investigations are underway, the officer added.

Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel

Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel
Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel

Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel

The BCCI has decided to call an emergent working committee meeting in Chennai on November 18 to decide whether to postpone only the board’s election, or the annual general meeting as well

Buoyed by Supreme Court naming BCCI’s suspended president N Srinivasan on Friday, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing case and Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma said he will write to the ethics panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) and all the 30 members of the Indian cricket board urging them to join hands to save international cricket.
Srinivasan is the chairman of ICC.

Verma has been awaiting the copy of the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel report, which is likely to be delivered on Monday. He said he will enclose it along with his appeal to the ICC and ask them to initiate proceedings to remove Srinivasan from the post of chairman.

“As per Clause 2.1 of ICC’s code of ethics which states that an executive member can be removed if he is guilty of misconduct, neglect of duty etc,” Verma said.

Verma added he will also send a copy of Srinivasan’s ‘misdemeanour’ along with his personal appeal to all the 30 members of BCCI, asking them to come together in order to get rid of present misrule.

The BCCI has decided to call an emergent working committee meeting in Chennai on November 18 to decide whether to postpone only the board’s election or the annual general meeting as well. Verma questioned the motives of the Srinivasan group and insisted that country’s cricket body is not a property of any individual.

“Is there only one administrator in India to run the cricket affairs?” Verma said. “How can a tainted man be allowed to even attend any of BCCI meetings?”

The chorus against Srinivasan is getting louder by the day. The big question now is if and when Sharad Pawar will come out in open to announce his candidature for the BCCI’s top post. That would somehow provide shelter to all those floating votes — six to eight — who are eager to jump the sinking ship of Srinivasan.

Clause 2.1 of ICC’s code of ethics states:
Directors shall not engage in any conduct that in any way denigrates the ICC or harms its public image’ and clause 4.11 (F) of the ICC’s constitution, by which an ICC director can be removed as a member of the Executive Board on any one of the following grounds: (1) he is guilty of any dishonesty, gross misconduct or wilful neglect of duty (whether by act or omission); or (2) in the reasonable opinion of the Executive Board, he commits (whether by act or omission) any act which brings or would tend to bring the Council into disrepute; or (3) he conducts himself in a manner materially adverse to the interests of the Council,” Verma read out lines from ICC code of ethics.



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Devendra Fadnavis likely to be sworn in with 6 ministers

Devendra Fadnavis likely to be sworn in with 6 ministers

As the BJP gets ready to elect Devendra Fadnavis as the new chief minister today, post-Diwali lobbying has been going on in the city for crucial portfolios in the small cabinet of six or seven ministers that will be sworn in on October 30.

The party is busy trying to make the oath-taking ceremony a grand spectacle, which for the first time will be held in the well-know cricket venue, Wankhede Stadium in south Mumbai. More than 30,000 party supporters from across the state are expected to throng the cricket stadium; BJP chief ministers, BJP state presidents apart from prominent members of Mumbai’s glamour circuit are expected to attend the inauguration.

The BJP leadership in Delhi meanwhile has been busy showing the Shiv Sena its place and the latest indication is that the party may not get any important portfolios.

What is the portfolio allocation likely to be?
Fadnavis may keep the urban development, housing and general administration portfolios.The new MLA from Borivli, Vinod Tawde may get finance and tourism. However, he was eyeing the all-powerful home department which may now go to former state unit chief Sudhir Mungantiwar. Eknath Khadse is likely to be put in charge of the revenue department.

Who will get the lesser portfolios and other jobs?
Senior party legislator from Pune Girish Bapat may get parliamentary affairs or he will be the party’s choice for the post of assembly speaker. Bapat enjoys rapport with all party leaders apart from his own colleagues and was also chief whip of the party. Haribhau Bagde is likely to be the chairman of the legislative council. The late Gopinath Munde’s daughter Pankaja Munde-Palwe may be put in charge of rural development and education department, Earlier she was also considered for women and child welfare portfolio. The party is also considering giving a token representation to minorities and so Pasha Patel,who lost the election but who had made a plea for inclusion in the cabinet is likely to be nominated to the state council and given minorities welfare portfolio. BJP’s Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar is slotted for the public works portfolio.

What about the other legislators who won creditable victories?
On Friday only senior leaders, most of them mentioned above, will take oath. Other probables like Prakash Mehta, Raj Purohit, Madhuri Misal, Sunil Deshmukh, former Congress minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit, health minister in the previous government, may be taken into the cabinet at a later date after other contenders are pacified.