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Amid Sena protest, BCCI-PCB talks called off

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New Delhi/Mumbai: Following ceaseless protest by Shiv Sena, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, put an end to speculation on Monday saying, talks on reviving cricketing ties with Pakistan have been cancelled.

PCB chief Shahryar Khan was to meet newly-elected BCCI president Shashank Manohar in Mumbai to discuss the resumption of bilateral series between the two cricket crazy countries.

Just then, around 70 Shiv Sena activists barged into the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India shouting slogans and asking Manohar to axe the talks.

The Shiv Sainiks carried a black flag and, massing around Manohar’s desk, shouted slogans like “Pakistan murdabad”, “Shashank Manohar murdabad” and “Shahryar Khan go back”. The BCCI chief was left a silent spectator.

Police detained more than two dozen Sena activists and whisked them away. One protester said the Sena would not okay cricketing ties with Pakistan till it stopped killing Indian soldiers and civilians at the border.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the protest was not a ‘gherao’ but meant to urge Manohar to cancel the negotiations with his Pakistani counterpart.

While condemning the Sena for the Mumbai protest, Thakur said the proposed Test series between India and Pakistan scheduled for December was unlikely to be held.

After the Mumbai protest, there was speculation the meeting might be shifted to New Delhi where BCCI’s senior selection committee met on Monday to announce the team for the remaining matches of the ongoing series against South Africa.

Thakur denied this, saying talks can only take place in Mumbai, where the BCCI is headquartered.

“The BCCI and PCB have some outstanding issues, and the PCB chief wanted to meet the BCCI president to discuss those things. But those have been cancelled now,” Thakur told reporters.

Thakur, a BJP MP, said he condemned the Sena attack because “you cannot barge into the BCCI office and force cancellation of the talks.”

“In a democracy, you can protest but you can do it on the streets but you can’t barge into anyone’s office, home or headquarters,” he said.

He said India-Pakistan series will only take place when relations between the two countries improve and the two governments start talking to each other again.

Earlier, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla also flayed the protest in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium complex.

Thakur, however, used the occasion to appeal to people to insulate sports from politics.

“The World T20 will be staged in India in 2016. It is the responsibility of every Indian to ensure that every sports event held in the country passes off peacefully. We should also appreciate other teams if they play well against India,” he said.

Shahryar earlier criticized the BCCI for pulling out of the Test series and accused the Indians of breaching a MoU according to which India and Pakistan were to play six bilateral series until 2022.

Thakur dismissed the PCB chief’s remarks.

“The situation in Pakistan is not such that you can play there. So where do you play against Pakistan?” he said. “I think it is very clear what led to this situation.”

“In any case, the series cannot happen unless the PCB chairman meets the new BCCI president and holds talks at an official level.”

This is the second major protest in a fortnight by the Shiv Sena against Pakistan.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Shiv Sena Worker To Force Shut Over 500 Meat Seller Shops On Navratri

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Gurgaon, September 22, 2017: Shiv Sena workers allegedly close down over 500 chicken and meat shops on September 21 on account of Navratri festival.

Reportedly, Ritu Raj, general secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena Gurgaon said a notice has been served to meat seller in the area and a strict action will be taken if one denies following the instruction. He also stated that no restrictions have been imposed on the big franchise like KFC, McDonald’s which are not operating in open areas.

There has been a raid of force shutdown of meat sellers shop in the areas like Surat Nagar, Palam Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazar, Sector 5 and 9,  Khandsa Anaj Mandi, bus stand, DLF area, Sohna and Sector 14 market.

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Raj also stated that a memorandum has been served to the Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon Vinay Pratap Singh commanding to shut down the raw meat shops for the next 9 days but the district administration did not put a proper response to that.

The matter is been looked upon and any hindrance to the law will not be entertained. In case if Shiv Sena workers forcefully Shut down the meat shops, a severe action will be drawn against them if any grievance is registered in this regards.

– prepared by Abhishek Biswas Twitter: @Writing_desire

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Indian-Americans Slam Singer Mika Singh for saying ‘Humara Pakistan’ in an Independence Day Video

In spite of the controversies, Mika Singh performed in Houston and Chicago

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Mika Singh faces wrath for saying humara Pakistan
Mika Singh faces wrath for saying humara Pakistan. Twitter
  • 15 August ko humara Hindustan azaad hua tha aur 14 ko humara Pakistan, says Mika Singh 
  • He received a lot of criticism for it from Indian- American public, Indian politicians
  • Indian Americans in large numbers strongly criticized the ill-timed video

New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Mika Singh performed in  Houston and Chicago on August 12 and 13 respectively to celebrate Pakistan and India’s Independence Day. He received a lot of criticism for it from Indian- American public, Indian politicians, twitter world and the FIA).

Earlier, the organizers of the show posted a video of Mika talking about his performance in which he said that he’s looking forward to celebrating the Independence Day of India and Pakistan. He said, “15 August ko humara Hindustan azaad hua tha aur 14 ko humara Pakistan,” The 40-year-old singer drew criticism for saying ‘humara Pakistan’  and evoked angry twitter reactions- “Shame on you. Are you celebrating Pakistani Day? Do you know how many of our Army Jawans are being killed by Pakistan?” a user tweeted.

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FIA is a non-profit umbrella organization of other Indian associations in the Chicago land and Mid-West area for the Indian community. Iftikaar Shareef, Trustee Chairman FIA said, “We will not tolerate you (Mika Singh) participating in Pakistan’s Independence Day.” He also said that if he’s coming to Chicago he should better be prepared for actions taken by them. As per a collective vote, he said that Mika is not welcome to Chicago if he goes to Houston. Kanti N. Patel, president of FIA said, “We should oppose Mika Singh’s performance as Indians.” They said that they will protest if he performs in Houston for Pakistan’s Independence Day and then comes to Chicago to celebrate Indian Independence Day.

WATCH THE VIDEO: FIA Press Conference Condemning Mika Singh 

The federation includes groups like Indo-American Association of Greater Houston, India Culture Center, India House, Gujarati Samaj of Houston, Graduate Indian Student Organization of the University of Houston and Patanjali Yogpeeth.  “We have a strained relationship (with Pakistan)… If he has any sense of patriotism, he should cancel this concert. Money is not everything in life. Country comes first always,” said Col (rtd) Vipin Kumar, executive director India House Inc who wanted the concert to be canceled.

Amee Patel, president of Gujrat Samaj, Houston, said: “As an organization of Indian-origin (people), we fully stand behind our flag and our other Indian community organizations in protesting against this event and we do not support this event in any fashion.” Swapan Dhairyawan, a community activist and former president of the India Culture Centre, said that it would not have been an issue if the artist was performing for a regular concert. But he emphasized it as a celebration of Pakistan’s Independence Day and saying in his viral video ‘Humara Pakistan’ is unforgivable and unfortunate.

Indian Americans in large numbers strongly criticized the ill-timed video and expressed their anger towards the statement that the show is a joint celebration. They said that the video comes across as a ‘cruel joke’ in the wake of the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC, resulting in deaths of many innocent civilians and the armed forces personnel.

According to a PTI report, Ramesh Shah, an Indian-American philanthropist said   “Celebrating India’s Independence Day is for those who believe in India and its freedom and democracy…It can never happen with Pakistan, and not when they are sponsoring and supporting Pakistani terrorists on the Indian soil.”

Mika Singh also drew the ire of several political parties. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chitrapat Sena Chief Amey Khopkar tweeted, “Mika Singh is doing Hamara Pakistan concert in USA. Open challenge to him, try holding a mic (microphone) in Maharashtra now,” The MNS leader said that he would write to CM Devendra Fadnavis seeking suitable action against the singer for his unpatriotic remarks.

Later, on August 12, MNS staged protests in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik, burned the Pakistani flag and effigies of Mika. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said, “He should know that the Pakistan which he is praising is our enemy. Pakistan always plans and plots against India and to praise such a country is incorrect.” Nirupam has asked Mika to apologize for his shameful act and to withdraw his statement. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also spoke on this issue and said that the artists should not compromise on patriotism over commercial benefits.

 ALSO READ: Delhi police arrests singer Mika for assaulting doctor at an event

India and Pakistan are not on good terms and there is a lot of tension between the two countries so this is not a correct time for an Indian artist to perform in Pakistan, celebrating their Independence Day when after the 2016 Uri attack all the Pakistani artists were banned to work in India. Twitter users criticized Mika Singh:


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Indian Origin Sindhuja Reddy from Telengana gets Selected for US women’s National Cricket Team

The 26-year-old from Amangal village in Nalgonda district will be part of the team going to participate in the World T20 Qualifiers in Scotland in August

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Indian Origin Sindhuja Reddy has been selected as a member of the US women's national cricket team. Source: usacricket.com
  • The wicketkeeper-batswoman, who had played for Hyderabad in Ranji Trophy, is hoping to be a member of the US team in the ICC World Cup in 2020
  • Playing for local clubs, she impressed the selectors with her skills both as a batswoman and a wicket-keeper

Hyderabad, June 27, 2017: Telangana’s Sindhuja Reddy has been selected as a member of the US women’s national cricket team.

The 26-year-old from Amangal village in Nalgonda district will be part of the team going to participate in the World T20 Qualifiers in Scotland in August.

The wicketkeeper-batswoman, who had played for Hyderabad in Ranji Trophy, is hoping to be a member of the US team in the ICC World Cup in 2020.

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Sindhuja, who did her schooling here, also captained Hyderabad’s under-19 cricket team. She studied B. Tech and MBA before moving to the US after her marriage to Siddhartha Reddy.

The opening batswoman, who had almost given up cricket, found a new opportunity in the US to re-launch her cricketing career.

Playing for local clubs, she impressed the selectors with her skills both as a batswoman and a wicket-keeper.

Sindhuja’s parents were elated on learning about her selection for the US team.

Her father Spurdhar Reddy recalled that she had keen interest in the game since her childhood and had played for her school team.

Her mother Lakshmi Reddy said she continued her struggle even after marriage to carve out a niche for herself. (IANS)