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bhaichung-bhutia1He was inspirational in India’s win in the AFC Challenge Cup that fetched him the most valuable player award and it came as no surprise when Bhaichung Bhutia was chosen the All India Football Federation’s Player of the Year.

The India and Mohun Bagan skipper, who won the award the first time in 1995, is the only player after IM Vijayan to win it twice. Vijayan was bestowed the honour thrice ever since its inception in 1992.

The decision was taken in the AIFF’s Annual General Meeting, here on Tuesday

The meeting was chaired by Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, also the senior vice-president of the AIFF.

Patel, who would be the acting chief in absence of the indisposed AIFF President Priyaranjan Dasmunshi — he was re-elected unanimously for another term today — hinted that secretary general Alberto Colaco will be continuing.

“We won’t have any major upheavals,” confirmed Patel, who addressed the media. Colaco’s tenure comes to an end in December but it is likely that he will get an extension.

The Civil Aviation Minister said he would be looking into Air India’s commercial entity criteria that has so far been in the doldrums.

“It is a government institution and hence it is very difficult to turn it into a commercial entity. But things are under process. Air India and ONGC are facing difficulties in this regard. We are talking to our legal experts and though the commercial entity criteria couldn’t be met this time, we are hopeful things will be sorted out soon,” said Patel.

source : http://www.ndtv.com/


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could lose potential earnings of around $20 million if India cancel their tour starting next month, a cricket official said on Thursday.

“That is a lot of revenue involved for us in a series with India and it also directly affects the new deal we have signed for television rights,” the official, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters.

India’s test and one-day tour due to start in the first week of January is in serious doubt due to strained bilateral relations between the neighbours following last month’s militant attacks in Mumbai.

With just 16 days left for the tour, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said its government is yet to give clearance.

PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf said Pakistan cricket was already facing a financial crunch due to the postponement of major events.

“India’s pullout would make it worse for us,” he told Reuters. “If there is no India series obviously we gain nothing from our new television deal and lose out on other sources of income as well.”

The PCB recently signed a new television rights deal worth $140.5 million with the Dubai based Ten Sports.

Pakistan have not played a single test this year and has been restricted to just 21 one-day internationals, mostly against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as top teams have refused tour because of security concerns.

Altaf said the board had received no fresh bids for the sale of the title sponsorship and stadium billboards and was trying to sell sponsorship rights for each series.

“With no international cricket ahead obviously no sponsors are willing to sign long term deals with us,” he added.

In 2004, when India toured Pakistan after a gap of nearly 15 years, PCB earned close to $20 million.

The PCB are considering inviting Sri Lanka to tour if India do pull out.

Altaf said the PCB was downsizing staff and other expenses by around 40 percent due to its current financial crunch.

Chairman Ejaz Butt has said when he took charge in October, the PCB had cash assets worth only around $25 million.

Altaf said the board was also trying to ‘rationalise’ cash benefits to players in their new central contracts due to be offered next month.


Iraq welcomes Bush on this last official visit as President of US

Iraq once again welcomed the US president George W. Bush where he and the Iraqi PM signed the peace pact marking the start of withdrawal of US forces from Iraq. During the joint press conference the US president said, “The war is not over, but with the conclusion of these agreements… it is decisively on its way to being won.” “There is more to be done,” he added.

The US President was humiliated when an Iraqi journalist hit the US President with a shoe.

source : http://www.caymanmama.com/

As the counting day of the five state Assembly elections on December 8, 2008 came to a close, India was once again reminded of the enormous dignity of its democratic process.

As the staggered electoral process unfolded, Mumbai was attacked by a group of Pakistan trained terrorists. It seemed that the elections would be overshadowed by one of the worst terror strikes in India.

But people turned up not only in large numbers but also elected representatives not on the basis of big slogans but issues that affect them everyday – electricity, water, connectivity and development. They also voted for chief ministers who were seen as hardworking and had a clean image.

The General Elections are just a few months away and the Assembly elections have thrown up a mixed verdict. The Congress took three states, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won two.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit won a record third time in a row. Clearly the woman is the ‘Man’ of the match. This hat-trick victory for the Congress in Delhi will make BJP wonder if VK Malhotra should have indeed been the man to spearhead the campaign for the party.

* DELHI: Hat-trick for Sheila, BJP stumped

* MIZORAM: Cong back in power after a decade

* MADHYA PRADESH: BJP gets absolute majority

* RAJASTHAN: Cong trounces BJP, Raje bows out

* CHHATTISGARH: BJP’s ‘Mr Clean’ wins

In Madhya Pradesh, BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chauhan retained the state with a comprehensive victory.

Rajasthan voters gave a royal shock to the erstwhile royal, Vasundhara Raje who conceded defeat to Congress’ Ashok Gehlot.

The Congress is just a few seats short of a clear majority, which can be made up through the support of independents, feel experts.

Chhattisgarh has a Raman effect. Chief Minister Raman Singh has succeeded in retaining the state for his party’s rule. The ‘rice man’ has been voted back to power.

In Mizoram, Congress swept to power, snatching victory from the Mizo National Front after a 10-year hiatus in the state.

With the electorate making it clear that they voted for development, CNN-IBN’s show Face The Nation debated: Does good governance and clean image pay in elections now?

Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi, D Raja of the Communist Party of India and Rajiv Pratap Rudy of BJP joined Senior Editor Sagarika Ghose to discuss the Assembly election verdict.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy appreciated that Sheila Dikshit had put in a lot of hard work and the Delhi electorate had voted for her hard work.

The astounding performance of Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Raman Singh in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively are in the same league, he felt.

But Rudy did not concede complete victory to Congress in Rajasthan. “Even in Rajasthan, we can say that the Congress does not have the full majority, it is still short of a full majority,” he said.

Sagarika reminded him that the BJP’s slogans of India in peril, hype about the terror issue and the global economic slowdown worries did not win them the elections.

“What has worked in the elections is that good governance mattered. In Rajasthan too we have a big mandate but political
mismanagement made us lose,” Rudy opined.


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