Supreme Court removes Thakur, Shirke from top BCCI posts

first_imgIndia’s Supreme Court has ordered the removal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BBCI) President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from office with immediate effect. The court’s decision follows restrictions on the BCCI’s accounts last year because of a failure to apply a series of reforms recommended by a panel headed by former judge Rajendra Mal Lodha (Lodha Committee). The court also ruled that other office bearers of the BCCI and state associations who did not meet the requirements set by the committee shall “cease to hold office” immediately. The committee says that an office bearer should be a citizen of India, should not be 70 years or older, should not be a government servant or minister, should not hold office in another sports organisation, should not have held office with the BCCI or state association for more than nine years, should not be insolvent or of unsound mind, and should not have a criminal record. All existing office bearers who met the criteria were permitted to continue in their roles but were asked to file an “unconditional undertaking” in the Supreme Court within four weeks from January 2 that they would implement the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. The BCCI’s most senior vice-president will temporarily perform duties in Thakur’s absence while Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will take over for Shirke. Thakur said that he had fought for the autonomy of the BCCI and that his was not a personal battle. “Over the years, Indian cricket saw its very best in terms of administration and development of the game,” he says. “BCCI is the best-managed sports organisation in the country, with defined procedures. India has the best cricket infrastructure, built and maintained by the state associations with the help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world. “I respect the Supreme Court as any citizen should. Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I’m sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance.” NOT A PERSONAL BATTLE CITIZEN OF INDIAlast_img read more

Lions Club to Invest over US$1m in Liberia

first_imgThe District Governor of 403, A2, Lions Club International, Tobias K. Bruce, has said the Lions are ready to assist Liberians in meeting some of their needs, including support for health and education.Lion Bruce, who was on an official visit to Liberia, made the commitment on Friday at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce office on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, shortly before departing the country.“Because of our plan to support some initiatives in the country, we had the opportunity to meet with the vice president, Joseph N. Boakai, authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital,” he explained.He said the lions will invest a million dollars on the John F. Kennedy Hospital project and a little over US$50,000 on education, with additional plans to increase the amounts to ensure that the projects meet their goals.Lion Bruce commended the lions in Liberia for their level of contribution to society. “They have made some progress on various projects inspected and we are working hard to see more completed and undertaken as well. As a governor, I have talked with the lions in the country and we want to increase our membership. “I am happy to receive two new clubs, which amount to 50 persons,” he said.“We want to work with the population of this country, and first want to appreciate the warm welcome by the Vice President,” said Lion Bruce. Lions Club International is an International secular, non-political service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. As of April 2015, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more