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

52 arrested during statewide illegal marijuana crackdown

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — State Attorney General Xavier Becerra Thursday announced the arrest of 52 people as part of an enforcement effort billed as the nation’s largest mobilization to eradicate illegal marijuana cultivation.The three-month California Campaign Against Marijuana Planting operation resulted in the seizure of 614,267 cannabis plants and 110 weapons at more than 250 illegal grow sites, according to state officials.The recently concluded crackdown on illegal indoor and outdoor marijuana cultivation and pot trafficking “put an exclamation point behind California’s multi-agency illegal-cannabis campaign, holding accountable individuals who damage our public lands and hurt our communities,” Becerra said.“At the California Department of Justice, we will continue to work with our partners at the federal, state and local levels through our CAMP program to vigorously enforce California’s laws against illegal cannabis activity,” he said.During the 12-week operation, four groups of investigators targeted illicit marijuana cultivation and distribution in the following counties: Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba.Among the accomplishments of the CAMP teams was protection of public resources against misuse and safeguarded public land and water from illegal pesticides, according to the attorney general’s office.In Stanislaus County, the personnel stopped drug traffickers from diverting water from the San Joaquin River, officials said. In other cases, authorities halted the use of a banned pesticide called carbofuran, shielding public lands from the toxic chemical.Taking part in the operation along with various local law enforcement agencies were the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program; the state Bureau of Land Management, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Justice and National Guard; and the federal Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, Drug Enforcement Administration, Forest Service and National Park Service. October 4, 2018 52 arrested during statewide illegal marijuana crackdown Posted: October 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Its Final Texas Rejects MexicanAmerican Studies Textbook

first_imgJORGE SANHUEZA-LYON | KUTThe Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition holds a rally to call on the Texas State Board of Education to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on September 13, 2016.About a dozen professors across Texas found hundreds of factual errors in the textbook. Many were also upset that the book, titled “Mexican-American Heritage,” promoted stereotypes of groups of people.The book called Mexican people lazy and said Chicanos wanted to destroy society. State Board of Education Member Ruben Cortez says, sometimes, these fights come down to ideology.“But, when it came to this topic it was a clear, clear 15-0 vote,” Cortez said. “So, it was obvious that they didn’t want to put any factually inaccurate book in the hands of kids.”The vote comes after a preliminary 14-0 vote to reject the textbook.“Aside from the all the stereotypes in the book that people found deeply offensive, we have a job as the state board and we can’t allow any book that has factual errors.”UT Austin Professor Emilio Zamora was one of the most vocal opponents to the book. Zamora says he spent hours documenting mistakes and is happy his hard work paid off.“I’m glad that people recognize the seriousness of this and I think a lot of people showed up and we put in the long hours in large part because we understood the important of this,” Zamora says. “It’s important not only for our children in the schools of all background, but it’s all important for the rest of nation because the fact that Texas influences the rest of the country in the adoption of books and sale of books by major publishers.”The State Board of Education has already put out a fresh request for what it calls special topics in social studies textbooks for next year. Sharelast_img read more