The media on Friday got a “thank you” from Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for keeping her government on its toes by criticising the preparations for the Commonwealth Games and thus “pushing it” to make the event a success.”I would thank media for pushing us to deliver. When the push came, we got encouragement to redouble our efforts,” Dikshit said addressing a function here.The Chief Minister, admitting some delays in some of the projects, however said the city will host the best-ever Commonwealth Games in history.”Two-three months back, people thought we will not be able to complete the projects and the event will not be successful. Today, I can confidently say that it will be the best in the history,” Dikshit said.Blaming the “unprecedented rains” for the delays, she said all the infrastructure projects will be completed well ahead of the commencement of the event on October 3.”Nobody had imagined that we will have such unprecedented rains this year,” she said.”Delhi will wear a different image after 10-12 days as all the projects will be completed,” she said also complimenting her Cabinet colleagues and top officials for their “hard work”.The Chief Minister rejected criticism about sub-standard quality of work and said highest standard of quality has been maintained in all the projects.PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan said the Barapullah Nallah elevated road, linking Games Village with Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, will be inaugurated on September 19.Addressing the gathering, he said neither Lord Indra, the god of rains nor Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, a bitter critic of the Games, will succeed in not making the event a success.advertisement
How do cheergirls promote the cause of cricket? Why are players auctioned like “gladiators” in IPL system of cricket?Hyderabad IPL team cheergirls.These were some of the questions that members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance posed to top BCCI officials, including its president Shashank Manohar, secretary N Srinivasan and IPL commissioner Chirayu Amin during a hearing on financial transactions related to the conduct of IPL.While the BCCI top brass claimed that IPL would help the cause of cricket and attract more talent, it was at loss to explain the role of cheergirls, sources said.It is learnt that the BCCI officials put the onus of introducing the concept on sacked IPL chief Lalit Modi.Some of the members of the committee, headed by BJP MP Yashwant Sinha, also questioned the concept of auctioning the players like “gladiators”. They said it reminded them of the Roman empire when men were sold to bidders on the basis of their physical strength.Manohar, Srinivasan and Amin were quizzed by the MPs for about two-and-a-half hours about the alleged FEMA violations.The BCCI was asked about the funding pattern of the highly popular IPL and the methods adopted for payment to foreign and Indian players.The committee also sought details of the expenses incurred on the conduct of the second edition of the tournament in South Africa in 2009. The IPL was held in South Africa in 2009 due to a clash of dates with the general elections in India.With PTI inputsadvertisement
The controversy over poor umpiring in the ongoing Test series between India and the West Indies has taken a new twist as it has now emerged that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given out off a no ball on the first day of the second match here.In what could erupt into a major controversy, the television replays ordered to check if Fidel Edwards had no-balled didn’t show that particular ball, instead some other legitimate delivery was shown to give Dhoni out.Incidentally, Dhoni was given out off a no ball even in the first Test in Jamaica.India skipper MS Dhoni bats on the first day of the second Test against West Indies in Barbados. APThe latest case was the final delivery of Edwards’ 15th over, the 59th of the innings, which had Dhoni offering the catch to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on.As Dhoni headed for the pavillion, umpire Ian Gould asked him to stay put as he wanted a reconfirmation from the third umpire that the delivery was legitimate and Edwards had not overstepped the bowling crease.The replays showed that Edwards’s front foot had stayed within the crease but it was not the same delivery but a previous legitimate ball which was shown in television replays to judge Dhoni out.The real delivery, as umpire Ian Gould had suspected, was indeed a no ball.India, then 167 for 5, collapsed after the fall of Dhoni’s wickets to be all out for 201 in the final session’s play.The Indians have been distrustful of the Decision Review System (DRS), the tracker system in particular, since they believe the person officiating it can make a mistake.advertisementIn the case of Dhoni’s dismissal, the producer handling the replays for the broadcasters erred by flushing out the replay of some other delivery while the one in question was indeed a no ball from Edwards.It further rubbed salt into the wounds of the Indians who are already fuming at the wrong decision which ruled Suresh Raina (53) out and broke his prospering fifth wicket stand of 117 runs with VVS Laxman (85).Umpire Asad Rauf had sent Raina packing though the deemed catch to forward short leg had come off the batsman’s thighs and not his gloves. A crestfallen Raina stood transfixed at his spot, dropped his bat before slowly trudging back to the pavillion.West Indies’ Fidel Edwards celebrates after taking the wicket of India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni. APRaina was later adjudged to have breached the ICC’s code of conduct and docked 25 per cent of his match-fee by Broad.The first Test had earlier stirred a hornet’s nest when Dhoni had publicly chided the umpires as no less than six dismissals were deemed to have gone against his team.Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Dhoni himself were wrongly given out while the West Indies players were reprieved which opened a can of worms. All these decisions related to officiating umpire Daryl Harper.The Indians made little secret of their dislike for Harper who now has added his own fuel to the fire by stepping down from the final assignment of his international career — the third Test of the present series in Dominica which begins from July 6.- With inputs from PTI
KIND Los Angeles, an exclusive cocktail reception benefitting Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND), was hosted by Wilmer Valderrama at the new BOLON Los Angeles showroom and historic Helms Design Center in Culver City on Saturday, August 4.Elle McLemore , Wilmer Valderrama and Zuri Adele Credit/Copyright: Nina Prommer/KINDKIND Los Angeles introduced the LA entertainment, design and philanthropic communities to KIND. The event highlighted KIND’s work protecting and defending immigrant children suffering in detention centers during the current border crisis. KIND provides high quality pro bono legal representation to immigrant children separated from their parents and helps to reunite children with their parents and families.Presented by BOLON and BOOM Events, the cocktail party was hosted by actor and activist Wilmer Valderrama who participated in a special presentation with KIND President Wendy Young; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sonia Nazario; and Alejandra Valdez, a teenage former KIND client originally from El Salvador. Guests enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere of BOLON’s spectacular new Los Angeles showroom while learning about KIND and how they are addressing the family separation crisis.Among the notable guests in attendance were Zuri Adele (Freeform’s upcoming “Good Trouble”), Lana Condor (Netflix’s upcoming “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”), Bryan Craig (ABC’s upcoming “Grand Hotel”), Elle McLemore (upcoming film “American Dresser”), Sonia Nazario (Pulitzer Prize winner), Goya Robles (“Get Shorty”), Adam Rodriguez (“Criminal Minds”), Gabrielle Ruiz (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Alicia Sanz (“From Dusk Till Dawn”), Pallavi Sastry (“Blue Bloods”), Azie Tesfai (“Jane The Virgin”), Diego Tinoco (“On My Block”), Alejandra Valdez (former KIND client), Lincoln Younes (ABC’s upcoming “Grand Hotel”), Wendy Young (KIND President), Zeeko Zaki (CBS’s upcoming “F.B.I.”) and more.KIND LOS ANGELES was generously sponsored by BOLON, BOOM events, Helms Design Center, Michael Hollingsworth Catering, Stanley’s Wet Goods and HINT Waters.