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Sourav Ganguly to be BCCI adviser soon, says Jagmohan Dalmiya -
5/24/2015 11:58:09 AM

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in an exclusive chat with India Today Television has confirmed that former captain Sourav Ganguly will be appointed as one of the advisers of the BCCI soon.

Sources said Sachin Tendulkar and Ravi Shastri are also likely to be appointed as BCCI advisers along with Ganguly. They will advice the BCCI on all matters related to cricket.

"I was always clear that cricketing matters should be left completely in the hands of the cricketing legends," Dalmiya said.

Dalmiya said that he will meet BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur in Kolkata soon to arrive at a decision. The final announcement will be made after the meeting. He said the decision on Ganguly will be taken soon.

The board wants them to advise on all cricketing matters including the appointment of coach. Ganguly, Tendulkar and Shastri all former India captains have served Indian cricket to the best of their abilities for decades.

The name of Ganguly was doing the rounds as a possible candidate to replace Duncan Fletcher as India's coach. But now the board will have to look for another right candidate.

Threat to PM Modi puts UP village on high alert, Mathura SSP gets threat letter -
5/24/2015 11:56:05 AM

An unidentified person or organisation has threatened to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his slated visit to Deendayal Dham in village Nagla Chandrabhan on May 25.

While there were already intelligence inputs that PM Modi might be targeted by terrorist groups during his visit to Deendayal Upadhyay's village, Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Rakesh Kumar on Saturday received a threat letter and also an SMS on his mobile.

Although he didn't reveal the content of the letter and the message, he confirmed to newspersons that it was about a conspiracy to blow up Modi's dais during his rally in the village.

Superintendent of Police (Crime) Ashok Kumar Rai said, "We have received a letter and a mobile message. The police are at work and trying to find out the origin of the letter and the message, and the person or the organisation behind it."

The police have enhanced the security in the village and the areas through which PM Modi would pass during his over two-hour stay. Five helipads have been constructed; the entire area has been barricaded.

"There is a three-tier security arrangement for the prime minister. The intelligence units of the Army and the Central government would also be active there. We have already started our exercise and keeping an eye on every person," SSP Rakesh Kumar said.

Meanwhile, sources in the police department told Mail Today that the Special Protection Group (SPG) has expressed its dissatisfaction over the security measures of the state police in the village.

"Over 30 SPG men led by DIG Alok Gupta were here on Friday and Saturday and pointed out over a dozen lapses. Then they handed over a blueprint of the security arrangement to the state police. They expect everything should be in place by Sunday morning," an officer said.

Mathura railway station

Policemen inspect luggage at the Mathura railway station.

After this review, the state government has decided to deploy 10 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and five companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF). Earlier, the plan was to deploy eight PAC and two RAF companies. The initial plan was to erect 16 Door Frame Metal Detector gates which would now be increased to 30 by Sunday. Previously, there were 150 Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) personnel on duty. But 100 more LIU men would be there a day before Modi's programme.

Fifteen IPS officers and 50 officers of additional SP rank would be on duty from the evening of May 24. The Anti Terrorist Squad and National Investigation Agency have also deployed their personnel in civil dresses.

"Gupta has sought an NOC from Anil Kumar, Executive Engineer of Public Works Department (PWD), about the helipads. As per our reports, there are 42 sleeping modules of the terrorist groups in western Uttar Pradesh who may be active at the moment", the officer said.

Arvind Kejriwal calls special Assembly session over Centre's notification -
5/24/2015 6:59:32 AM

The AAP government on Saturday decided to call a two-day special session of the Delhi Assembly to discuss the Centre's notification that stripped it of various powers. "A special session has been called on May 26 and May 27 to discuss the centre's notification which has taken away power from the Delhi assembly," a government source said.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. The Home Ministry on Thursday issued a notification saying that public order, land, police and services will be under the purview of the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

The nine-page decree was issued following an ongoing tussle between the AAP government and Jung over the appointment and transfer of bureaucrats. Both had approached President Pranab Mukherjee separately to blame each other of overrreach.

Meanwhile, former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium said the Centre's notification "illegal and unconstitutional". In his opinion that was sought by Kejriwal over the Narendra Modi government's decree, the senior counsel said: "It singularly lacks propriety when the president is still seized with the question. It is illegal and unconstitutional; and presumably, it has been issued without the requisite presidential approval."

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