SSLIVEKUMBLE1Anil Kumble will remain India’s coach for the tour of West Indies subject to his acceptance, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai said on Monday, insisting that only the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will decide the next head coach.

“Coach selection has been entrusted to the CAC, which selected Anil Kumble last year for a one-year contract. Now the process has to be followed. But since the process has been delayed, Kumble, subject to his accepting, will be there for the West Indies tour", Mr. Rai told reporters after a meeting of the CoA in New Delhi.

“The CAC is meeting in London to decide upon the road ahead", he added.

India will tour the West Indies for a five ODI series starting June 23, followed by a lone Twenty20 match on July 9.

The CoA, now a three-member panel after the controversial exit of historian Ramachandra Guha, had the day-long meeting.

Asked whether coach recruitment could have been handled better by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Mr. Rai said the matter was blown out of proportion with reports claiming a rift between captain Virat Kohi and Kumble.

“The fact is that it was a one year contract, so a process was followed. I don’t know why the controversy. I have spoken to both of them and neither of them have confirmed what has come out", he said.

The CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly - is currently in London and is in touch with both the captain and the coach on the sidelines of the ongoing Champions Trophy.

The CAC, which is in favour of retaining Kumble, has sought more time ahead of the BCCI SGM June 26.

“We have left it to the CAC, they are legends, they know what is best for Indian cricket",said Mr. Rai, who also rubbished a report claiming that the CAC had asked to be paid for the honorary job.

Mr. Guha, in his scathing resignation letter, had lashed out at the BCCI’s functioning, besides alleging conflict of interest in the case of Rahul Dravid, who is India A coach and also a mentor of the Delhi Daredevils IPL franchise.

The former batsman had sought more clarity on the subject so that he can take an informed decision.

To address a host of conflict of interest issues, the BCCI will soon have an ethics officer.

“All issues regarding conflict of interest will be referred to the ethics officer appointed by the BCCI. He will be appointed soon. A lot of complaints regarding conflict of interest have been received,” said Mr. Rai, adding that Mr. Guha’s resignation would be forwarded to the Supreme Court.

The CoA was formed mainly to carry out reforms recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee. As expected, some of the recommendations, including one State and one vote and tenure of office-bearers, were met with stiff resistance by the State associations.

However, Mr. Rai insisted that reforms were on track and would be placed before the State associations at the SGM.

“The reforms are on track. They will be entrusted to the SGM, which is meeting on June 26. It is going to be placed before them but in all our conversations with them. They have expressed their willingness to accept the reforms,” he said.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:12

Eat vegetables, nuts to shed weight


New York, June 13 (IANS) Want to shed those extra kilos? Go vegetarian. According to new research, eating vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, and nuts may be almost twice as effective in reducing body weight as conventional low-calorie diets.  

The vegetarian diet led to reduction in muscle fat which helped improve glucose and lipid metabolism as well as an average loss of 6.2 kg compared to 3.2 kg for the conventional diet, researchers said.

"The finding is important for people  who are trying to lose weight, including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or Type 2 diabetes. It is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy," said lead author Hana Kahleova from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC.

For the small yet significant study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the team randomly assigned 74 people to follow either a vegetarian or a conventional diet.  

Both diets were restricted by 500 kilocalories per day compared to an isocaloric intake for each individual. Both vegetarian and conventional diets caused a similar reduction in subcutaneous fat - fat under the skin.

Subfascial fat on the surface of muscles was only reduced in response to the vegetarian diet. Intramuscular fat - fat inside muscles was more greatly reduced by the vegetarian diet.   

"This is important as increased subfascial fat in patients with Type 2 diabetes has been associated with insulin resistance while reducing intramuscular fat could help improve muscular strength and mobility, particularly in older people with diabetes," the researchers noted.  

"Vegetarian diets proved to be the most effective for weight loss. However, we also showed that a vegetarian diet is much more effective at reducing muscle fat, thus improving metabolism," Kahleova said. 

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SaravananjpgA day after two MLAs belonging to the rival factions of the AIADMK were caught on tape claiming that money and gold were offered to party legislators to support the Sasikala’s camp in February and their subsequent denial, the DMK on Tuesday approached the Madras High Court seeking a probe by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate into the allegations.

Making an urgent mention before the First Bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, DMK senior counsel R. Shanmugasundaram urged the court to immediately order a probe by the CBI. Claiming that the money involved could be ‘black money’, he sought an ED probe.

To this, the Bench said that the plea would be taken up for hearing on Friday if the contentions are filed as a proper petition.

On Monday, two television channels aired video recordings of what they claimed to be a sting operation involving the Madurai South MLA S.S. Saravanan and Sulur MLA R. Kanagaraj.

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karnan 650x400 51490942526Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan, who was sentenced to six months by the Supreme Court for contempt, retired today. He has not been seen in public since the Supreme Court order. A customary farewell by the high court administration to a retiring judge could not be held as Justice Karnan was not present, a court official said.

"A farewell given by the administration is held, which is attended by judges and senior lawyers and speeches are given as per custom. This was not held as he was not present," Calcutta High Court Registrar General Sugato Majumdar said.

Asked about clearance of Justice Karnan's dues on retirement, Mr Majumdar said "all formalities will be completed as per law".

A retiring judge is also given a farewell by lawyers, though not mandatory."Had Justice Karnan been here, the bar would have considered. There is a procedure by which invitation is sent to a retiring judge and if he accepts, necessary arrangements are made," Additional Advocate General Abhratosh Chowdhury said. "Since we do not know where he is, the question does not arise", he said.

"Owing to the unprecedented condition prevailing after the Supreme Court order and owing to his absence, a farewell could not be considered," Calcutta High Court Bar Association President Suranjan Dasgupta said.

On May 9, a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar had sentenced Justice Karnan to six months for contempt of court and ordered the West Bengal Police to take him into custody.

Justice Karnan has not been arrested yet. A representation was made to the president on behalf of Justice Karnan on May 21, seeking suspension of the Supreme Court order, according to a lawyer representing him.

The lawyers took the ground in the application that Justice Karnan will be unable to exercise any remedy if he is arrested.

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mental-healthFor the last two months, Shikha Singh (name changed) had not been sleeping properly at night. She would feel dazed throughout the day and pick up fights with her parents. Not ready to let it go by taking it to be the plain-old generation gap, Singh's worried and alert parents decided to take her to a psychiatrist.

"She used to get upset on every little thing. It was getting difficult even to talk to her. After a lot of contemplation, we decided to take her to a doctor," her mother said. They took her to the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for diagnosis.

When the doctors queried her, Singh started complaining about her parents, how they had a problem if she wanted to go out with her friends, and much more.

Turns out that Singh is not alone. According to medical experts, more and more youngsters these days are being brought in by their parents after the relationship between them starts deteriorating quite rapidly. In fact, in the last two-three years, hospitals have witnessed a 10-15 per cent rise in the number of such cases.

"Over the years, the children's defiance has grown. Youngsters have become self-centric and no longer understand how their actions will affect other people. When you start valuing objects more than people, the situation becomes alarming," Dr Sameer Malhotra, Head of the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Max Healthcare, said.

"The trend is quite disturbing. These kind of illnesses cannot be categorized. Such cases are increasing in number every year. It is extremely important to spread awareness about such 'unnamed' illnesses so that the kids' energy can be diverted to a positive direction," said Dr. Nand Kumar, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS.

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7a2334c6e7c5a7ebcfc9d945c44323f2"States like Maharashtra that are keen on farmer loan waiver should generate funds from their own resources," Jaitley said at a press conference in New Delhi.

Amid a nationwide unrest among farmers and a call by the state governments for a blanket waiver of their bank loans, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the states that are keen on granting such waivers should arrange the funds from their own resources.

"States like Maharashtra that are keen on farmer loan waiver should generate funds from their own resources," Jaitley said at a press conference in New Delhi.

Jaitley's statement asking the states to arrange for their own funds to waive farmer loans comes at a time when at least three BJP-ruled states,Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh - are considering the move.

On Sunday, the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra announced a loan waiver for the state's 1.07 crore farmers who have land holdings of less than five acres, a move that would cost the state exchequer Rs 30,000 crore.

From June 1, over half a million farmers across Maharashtra, barring coastal Konkan, went on an unprecedented strike, marred by several violent incidents. Major cities like Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and others felt the pinch of the strike as shortages loomed large, coupled with spiralling prices of essentials like milk, fresh fruit, vegetables, and even food grain.

The farmers' demands included waiver on farm loans, free electricity, appropriate remunerative prices for their produce, grants for irrigation, pension for farmers aged 60 years and above, and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee recommendations.

In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's two-day fast that ended on Sunday was able to end the state-wide farmers' agitation with Mandsaur being the epicentre where five farmers were gunned down in police firing last week.

While Chouhan announced a slew of schemes that he claimed would benefit the farmers, he did not specify if those included waiving the loan of the farmers in his state.

Meanwhile, in his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today, another BJP Chief Minister - Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath  is reported to have discussed his government's plans to soon announce a formula of farm loan waiver, which would require Rs 36,000 crore.

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CcXpr9OWEAAguPwInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley amid industry-wide concerns around tighter visa norms in key markets like the US and layoffs in the sector.

The 45-minute meeting, between Jaitley and Sikka accompanied by other top company officials, also assumes significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the US later this month.

Over the past few months, Indian IT companies are confronted with closer scrutiny and tighter visa norms in the US, a market that accounts for nearly 60 per cent of India’s IT exports.

According to sources, Infosys had sought the meeting.

However, Sikka declined to comment on the proceedings after the meeting. COO UB Pravin Rao was also present at the meeting.

Asked about concerns around layoffs in the sector, Sikka said the company has announced 10,000 jobs in the US and continues to hire in India as well.

“We have announced 10,000 jobs in the US and we are continuing to hire lots of jobs in India. I think that the future is all about innovation", he said.

He added that Indian IT companies are creating “tremendous amount of value” in the US.

With rising protectionism across markets like Singapore and Australia, companies are beginning to adjust their business models to reduce their dependence on visas and hiring more locals instead.

The ramp up in local hiring is also aimed at placating the Donald Trump administration in the US that has been critical of outsourcing firms.

The US had accused Infosys and its peers TCS and Cognizant of unfairly cornering the lions share of US H—1B work visas, taking jobs away from American workers.

The tightening of visa norms not only pushes up operational costs for these tech firms, but also makes movement of skilled workforce difficult.

Infosys has already announced that it would hire 10,000 Americans over the next two years and set up four innovation hubs in the US.

However, it wasn’t clear if the discussions included GSTN at the meeting.

News Source: TheHinduBusiness News

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amit-shah.1jpgBJP president Amit Shah on Monday constituted a three-member committee to reach out to other political parties for a consensus on the National Democratic Alliance's candidate for the coming presidential poll. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M. Venkaiah Naidu are its members.

The last date for nomination for the election is June 28 and voting is scheduled for July 17.

Mr. Shah had postponed a trip to Arunachal Pradesh, scheduled for June 12 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked him to stay in Delhi for consultations. What is significant is that the committee's remit is to talk to all political parties, not just the NDA.Sources in the BJP said the committee would talk to Opposition leaders as "the name of the candidate fielded by us could be acceptable to people in that camp as well".

Among the NDA constituents, the Shiv Sena has been giving the BJP some jitters as their relationship has been strained, especially in Maharashtra. The BJP has claimed support from the YSR Congress, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and both factions of the AIADMK, which it hopes will make up for any shortfall if the Shiv Sena defects.

Opposition parties have decided to field a common candidate and are waiting for the ruling party to announce its candidate.

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