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Niranjan Shah resigns as secretary of Saurashtra Cricket Association

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Delhi, 5 Jan: Niranjan Shah expressed that there is no need for him to resign as secretary of the Saurashtra Cricket Association as he is already ineligible to hold it.

Earlier Shah has also held various positions in the BCCI including the post of secretary and vice-president.

Veteran administrator Niranjan Shah, who has ruled Saurashtra cricket for more than four decades, says he is as good as out of the state body after the Supreme Court’s latest order on the implementation of Lodha reforms in Indian cricket.

Among other recommendations, Lodha panel has put an age cap of 70 years for the officer-bearers in the BCCI as well its state associations. Shah is 72 years old.
“I am out (of Saurashtra cricket) post the Supreme Court order. There is nothing much to say really and there is no need to resign. The court order very clearly states the eligibility criteria,” Shah told PTI today.
Would he be open to any advisory role with the SCA, Shah said: “That is for the next set of office bearers to decide. All I can say is that I leave Saurashtra cricket as a satisfied man. The SCA is one of the best run associations in the country,” he added.

Chao also prevails in Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), led by N Srinivasan. TNCA secretary Kasi Viswanathan said that the court order has made him ineligible to continue in his existing post.
“There is no question of resigning. I have already been TNCA secretary for more than 10 years and therefore I stand ineligible. The TNCA is calling an executive committee meeting to discuss how to implement the Lodha recommendations,” Viswanathan said.
Going by the Lodha panel, one can’t be an office-bearer in the BCCI or a state association if he has already served for a cumulative period of nine years.
The Supreme Court on Monday expelled BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke for obstructing the implementation of the Lodha reforms. Thakur also faces two showcause notices for contempt of court and perjury

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Pakistani military helicopter came up to 300 metres of the LOC : Army Sources

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Army Source on Wednesday said that a Pakistani military helicopter came up to 300 metres of the LOC but then returned. 

The army sources also informed that the incident took place between 9.45-10 am today and it was in the general area Pallandri in PoK.

According to army protocol, the rotary wing of an aircraft/chopper should not come within 1 kilometre and the fixed wing, not within 10 kilometres of the LoC.

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Second defence industrial corridor to come up in UP: PM

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Lucknow, Feb 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that the government would establish a defence industrial production corridor in Uttar Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 20,000 crore that would also generate 250,000 jobs.

“I am making an important announcement. In this year’s budget, we had announced that we will establish two defence industrial production corridors. One of them will be in Uttar Pradesh,” Modi said addressing the ‘Investors Meet’ here.

The event organised by the Yogi Adityanath government is aimed to showcase the investment opportunities in the state. Corporate honchos are attending the summit.

The Prime Minister said the decision was taken keeping in mind the developmental requirements of Bundelkhand region.

The corridor will link Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi and Chitrakoot, he said.

The government had earlier announced that it would develop two such corridors. The first of the two runs between Chennai and Bengaluru – connecting Kattupalli port, Chennai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore and Hosur.

Modi also praised the Uttar Pradesh government for curbing red tape and rolling out a red carpet for investors and taking decisions that have linked industrial development with employment generation.

“There is no dearth of resources and opportunities in Uttar Pradesh where you find ‘Lucknowi chikankari’, ‘Banarsi zardosi’, brassware of Moradabad and glassware industries of Firozabad,” Modi said.

He also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to compete with Maharashtra in achieving a target of one trillion dollar economy.

“I set this challenge before Uttar Pradesh to compete with Maharashtra and let us see who will become the first trillion dollar economy,” he said.

He said Uttar Pradesh today was the number one state in the production of grains, wheat, sugarcane, milk and potatoes in the whole country.

It is also the second largest producer of fruits and third largest producer of vegetables in the country.

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Punjab CM meets Trudeau, Sajjan

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Amritsar, Feb 21: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau here. Both leaders discussed the strong bond that exists between the two places, largely due to an influential Punjabi community settled in the western nation.

After meeting Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau the Punjab Chief Minister said, “I raised the issue of Khalistan as it is the primary issue, as there is money coming in from various countries including Canada.”

He also said that Justin Trudeau assured us about our militancy concerns and they will look into this matter.

Besides the Trudeau-Amarinder meeting, which remained uncertain till Monday evening, the other highlight was the Chief Minister meeting Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, who was born in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district and is the first Sikh to handle the defence portfolio of a western country.

Amarinder had refused to meet the Canadian Defence Minister in April 2017 during the latter’s visit to the state and even dubbed him and other ministers of Punjab-origin in the Trudeau government as “Khalistani sympathisers”.

On Wednesday, the Chief Minister not only met Sajjan but also shook hands with him and both leaders smiled at each other.

The Amarinder Singh government went all out to accord a red carpet welcome to Trudeau and his entourage, including his wife and children, during their four hour trip to the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.

Trudeau arrived here from Mumbai on Wednesday morning and offered prayers at the Golden Temple complex, at the holiest of Sikh shrines in the ‘Harmandir Sahib’.

With Inputs From IANS

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