news FIR filed against Varun for causing riots in Pilibhit

Posted in photos on March 29, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

The UP Police have registered an FIR against Varun Gandhi for causing riots in Pilibhit where section 144 was imposed on Saturday.

Varun had amid much drama surrendered at the Pilibhit court on Saturday. Hundreds of supporters had gathered in the district. They clashed with the police and threw stones at them. The police had fired rubber bullets in the air and lathicharged the protesters, some are even admitted in hospital.

Varun is in judicial custody till Monday at the Pilibhit district jail.

BJP’s UP in-charge Kalraj Mishra has also been named in the FIR for violating the model code of conduct. He arrived in Piilibhit with a large convoy of supporters despite the section 144 in place.

Earlier, the Pilibhit district administration had said that Maneka Gandhi’s allegations that a Muslim policeman was behind the firing in Pilibhit during Varun Gandhi’s arrest can’t be correct.

The SSP of Pilibhit has told NDTV that the policeman in question, Parvez Mian, was not even on duty on Saturday.

The district administration has also submitted a report to the government saying things are under control now and police is deployed outside the Pilibhit district jail.

ourtesy NDTV


One good spell and we’ll win the match: NZ coach

Posted in photos on March 29, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

The Kiwis will need only a couple of good catches and a special spell by any of the bowlers on Monday to clinch the second Test against India, New Zealand coach Andy Moles said here on Sunday.

Moles conceded India have batted themselves back into the match by losing just one wicket in 90 overs on Sunday but felt New Zealand can still win the match.

“There is only team that can win this game and that is New Zealand. It is not often that we have been in that position. We hope a little bit of luck goes our way tomorrow and we get the opportunity to push to the win that we deserve,” said Moles.

“Obviously, a draw would be the favourite. But it only takes a couple of good catches and a special spell by somebody,” he added.

Moles reckoned the task would not be easy but felt getting a few quick wickets was all his wards needed.

“This is an exceptionally good batting wicket and they have got some great players who played well on it. If we can get our intensity right and hit the right areas we could turn it our way. All we are looking for is two or three mistakes and we will be into the Indian tail.

“As we saw in the first innings, they have got a magnificent 5-6 at the front. If we bowl well and things go our way we can get quick wickets,” he said.



Posted in photos on March 22, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

British TV reality star Jade Goody died in her sleep at home early Sunday, her publicist Max Clifford said.

Goody, who suffered a public battle with cervical cancer, died at her home in Upshire, Essex, at 3:14 am (0314 GMT) on Mother’s Day.

Goody’s mother Jackiey Budden said: “My beautiful daughter is at peace.”

Clifford said Goody’s mother Jackiey and husband Jack Tweed were at her side. A family friend, Kevin Adams, was also there.

“I think she’s going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives,” he said, referring to how her public battle with cancer has raised awareness of the disease.

“She was a very, very brave girl,” he said.

“And she faced her death in the way she faced her whole life – full on, with a lot of courage.”

He said it was “ironic” that the 27-year-old – who had two young sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four – had died on Mother’s Day.

Clifford said he hoped Goody’s family would be left in peace to grieve.

The ex-dental nurse from south London found fame on the Big Brother reality television show in 2002, and has been in the public eye ever since.

She sparked uproar when she taunted Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on British TV’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, calling her “Shilpa Poppadom” but the two patched things up, and the Briton later appeared on India’s version of the programme.

It was on the Indian programme, which 33-year-old Shetty hosted, that Goody found out she was suffering from cancer, and her one-time nemesis had hoped to visit Goody last week, while on a trip to Britain.

Her fight with cancer has won the hearts of the British public.

Goody married boyfriend Jack Tweed last month and was christened with her sons this month, events which both drew huge media interest here.

She has allowed magazines to cover her marriage in return for money she says will secure the future of her two sons.

On Tuesday, her publishers revealed she would also be publishing a diary of her dying days.

A percentage of the profits will go towards a cancer charity.

Clifford had said earlier that Goody had “put her house in order and faced up to everything in an incredibly brave way. Now we’re waiting for the inevitable, it could be at any time, we just don’t know.”


IPL goes abroad; BCCI says sorry to people of India

Posted in photos on March 22, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

With the state governments playing tough on sparing forces for security, the Indian Premier League was on Sunday shifted to another country amid speculation that England or South Africa would be the venue for the second edition of the high-profile event.

The decision to shift the Twenty20 tournament out of the country was taken at the BCCI’s emergency Working Committee meeting in Mumbai to take a final call on the cash-rich event which had run into rough weather because of security apprehensions.

“Because of the attitude of the government that they are not ready to spare security forces for the cricket tournament… we are forced to take the decision to move the event out of India,” BCCI president Shashank Manohar told a press conference.

“So the Board has decided to take the tournament out of the country. We are in discussion with other Boards who are willing to host the event. I apologise to the people of India for moving the tournament out,” Manohar said.

“But we’re are going ahead with the event so that they can at least watch the event on television,” Mahohar added. The BCCI President said venue would be decided in next couple of days.

“We are in discussion with other boards and will decide the venue in next 2-3 days,” he said.

IPL Commissioner and Chairman Lalit Modi, who was also at the press conference, said the number of matches, format and timing of the event will remain unchanged and the organisers would not tinker with the “integrity of the tournament”.

“Dates and timings of the matches will remain the same. The Indian audiences can watch the matches at 4 pm and 8 pm IST as they did in the inaugural season,” Modi said.

“Revenue cannot be an issue, the 59-match tournament will remain as 59-match tournament. The issue is the integrity of the tournament.

“We want to ensure the quality which we deliver and it cannot be compromised. We have to deliver the world standard event,” he said.

Manohar also expressed his displeasure at the state governments’ attitude, saying Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra Government changed there stance at the last moment.

“The AP government revoked its earlier permission… and Maharashtra Chief Minister wrote a letter that we can’t host matches in that state until May 13. We had scheduled 18 matches for Maharashtra,” he said.

Sri Lanka players escape with minor injuries in attack

Posted in photos on March 3, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan was cancelled on Tuesday after about 12 unidentified gunmen opened fire on Sri Lanka’s team bus near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Tuesday morning. The Lankan team was on its way to the stadium for the third day’s play of the second Test.

Six Sri Lankan players are believed to have been injured in the attack. According to reports, Thilan Samaraweera was shot in the chest and was operated upon, following which it was announced that he is out of danger. Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Chaminda Vaas and Thilan Thushara were also injured in the attack. However, Sanath Jayasuriya confirrmed CNN-IBN over the phone that all the players were safe.

According to GEO TV, five policemen who were part of the security ring for the Sri Lankan players were killed on the spot, while two died in the hospital.

Apart from firing at the team, even grenades were lobbed at the Lankan team bus and rocket launchers were reportedly used.

The security in-charge of the Gaddafi stadium was also quoted as saying that some Sri Lankan players were still inside the stadium and that star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was safe.

The Lankan team media manager said the team taken to high security zone.

Cricinfo’s Sri Lanka editor Charlie Austin said there was some explosion before the firing started. He also said that skipper Mahela Jayawardene had also been hit in his ankle.

The area was cordoned off and Kalashnikovs have been recovered from the spot.

Security concerns in Pakistan have troubled tours in that country before as well. As many as three tours were cancelled in the last year alone.

Australia pulled out of their scheduled visit, while the International Cricket Council (ICC) postponed the Champions Trophy one-day tournament in September.

That postponement was followed by the cancellation of India’s tour to Pakistan that was scheduled to be held this Januaray and February. The decision was taken after relations between the neighbours deteriorated further following the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

The tour had always been under doubt due to the security situation in Pakistan and it was further put in jeopardy by the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

IPL chief Lalit Modi loses RCA elections

Posted in photos on March 1, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

Modi was contesting the election for Rajasthan Cricket Association’s president’s post.

Needing 17 of the 32 votes to gain majority, Modi lost 13-18 to Dixit.

Modi held state government responsible for his defeat. “I paid the price of being close to Vasundhara Raje (former chief minister of Rajasthan). The state government did whatever it could to defeat me.

“But there will be no affect on IPL matches. They will be held in Jaipur only,” Modi said after the results.

In another setback to the Modi camp, Ameen Pathan lost the election for the post of secretary 12-19 to Ashok Kumar Ohri, who is president of Churu District Cricket Association.

Just ahead of elections, Modi faced allegations of cheating after the Nagrik Morcha filed a complaint against him for not depositing the promised sum of Rs 6 crore in the Chief Ministers relief fund.

The complaint followed an allegation of forgery related to a land purchase in Nagaur district through unfair means.

About 15 years ago, Dixit, an IAS officer, became the president of the Barmer district during his tenure in the tiny hamlet in western Rajasthan and after conducting few state level events he burst into the big scene.

It is believed that Dixit was the force who drafted the sports ordinance of state but Modi with his good relations with the then chief Minister Vasundhara Raje sideline him and with the government’s support rose to the top in RCA and then to the dizzy heights in BCCI and Indian Premier League.


Posted in photos on March 1, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam