BCCI going ahead with women's IPL on time: Sourav Ganguly

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August 2, 2020

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New Delhi, Aug 2: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said the Women's IPL or the Challenger series, as it is better known, is "very much on", ending speculation about the parent body not having a plan for Harmanpreet Kaur and her team.

The men's IPL will be held between September 19 and November 8 or 10 (final date yet to be locked in) in the UAE due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in India. The women's IPL will also be fit in to the schedule, according to the BCCI chief.

"I can confirm to you that the women's IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also," Ganguly told PTI ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting later on Sunday.

The BCCI president, who is awaiting a Supreme Court verdict on waiver of the cooling-off period to continue in the position, did not divulge details but another senior official privy to the development said that women's Challenger will be held during the last phase of IPL like last year.

"The women's Challenger series is likely to be held between November 1-10 and there could be a camp before that," the source said.

The former India captain also said that the centrally contracted women players will have a camp which has been delayed due to the prevailing situation in the country.

"We couldn't have exposed any of our cricketers -- be it male or female to health risk. It would have been dangerous," Ganguly said.

"The NCA also remained shut because of Covid-19. But we have a plan in place and we will have a camp for women, I can tell you that," he added.

The BCCI's cricket operations team is chalking up a schedule where Indian women are likely to have two full-fledged white-ball series against South Africa and the West Indies before playing the ODI World Cup in New Zealand. 

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January 16,2021

Joe Biden names Indian-American Sameera Fazili as deputy director of National  Economic Council

Washington, Jan 16: US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Indian-American Sameera Fazili to a key White House position related to the economy. 

Sameera Fazili has been named as Deputy Director, National Economic Council at the White House, the Biden-Harris Transition announced on Friday.

The National Economic Council coordinates the economic policy-making process and provides economic policy advice to the US president. Fazili is currently the Economic Agency lead on the Biden-Harris Transition.

She was earlier posted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta where she served as the Director of Engagement for Community and Economic Development. Fazili is the second Kashmiri-origin Indian-American appointed to a key position in the incoming Biden administration.

In December, Aisha Shah was named as Partnerships Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy. In the Obama-Biden administration, Fazili served as a senior policy advisor on the White House's National Economic Council and as a senior advisor at the US Treasury Department in both Domestic Finance and International Affairs.

Prior to that, she was a clinical lecturer of law at Yale Law School. Originally from Buffalo, she now lives in Georgia with her husband and three children. Fazili is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College.

Before her time in government, Fazili was a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School's community and economic development clinic, where she helped start a CDFI bank and a local anti-foreclosure initiative, and expanded the clinic's work to international microfinance.

She also worked at ShoreBank, the nation's first CDFI (community development financial institution) bank. Her work in finance has spanned consumer, housing, small business, and microfinance. She received her law degree from Yale Law School and her bachelor of arts in social studies from Harvard College.

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January 9,2021

Tirupur, Jan 9: Suffering losses in online gaming has claimed the life of a 29-year old man in Tirupur district in Tamil Nadu, the police said on Saturday.

According to the police in Tirupur district, S. Elvin from Coimbatore had committed suicide two days back by jumping before a train after suffering losses to the tune of about Rs 7 lakh in online gaming. The deceased was identified on Friday.

An employee with a private company, Elvin had borrowed money from several persons and lost the same in online gaming. He was not able to repay the borrowed money.

Elvin's mother had lodged a missing person's compliant on January 6 with the Coimbatore police.

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January 23,2021

Mysuru, Jan 23: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday indicated that the State Budget for 2021-22 will be downsized given the financial condition as a fallout of the due to Covid-19.

Speaking to reporters here at the airport, he said that the financial situation was such that downsizing of the budget has become inevitable and the outlay was bound to be less than what it was last year.

The Chief Minister, who also holds the Finance portfolio, had tabled a budget with an outlay of Rs 2,37,893 crore last year.

However, Mr Yediyurappa pointed out that there will be no dearth of funds or resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic while expressing hope that the requirement could be less in the new financial year.

“This is because Covid-19 was almost 90 per cent under control and hence the resources required too could be less than what was allocated last year.”

The Chief Minister had said recently that he would present the budget in March and the budget session will be held from February 28. He had also admitted that the financial position was not good due to the pandemic and floods.

Mr Yediyurappa said he will apprise himself of the situation arising out of the blast near a quarrying site in Shivamogga that led to the death of six persons on Friday. “I have already announced compensation for the victims and ordered an inquiry so as to ensure justice for all’’, he added.

In reply to a question, the Chief Minister said mining was essential but action will be initiated against illegal mining.

Those without permits have to get a licence from the authorities and regularise the mining activity failing which the deputy commissioners of the districts will have to initiate legal action.

Since many state and national highway works are being taken up across the State mining could not be stopped. All the Deputy Commissioners will be asked to verify mining in their jurisdiction, he added.

Later chief minister inaugurated 11 ft. high Akka Mahadevi statue on the outer ring road in the city.

Speaking on the occasion he said the state government will develop Sharna centres across the state and help the present-day generation to know their contributions. The government has earmarked Rs 50 crores for the same.

He said the development of Akkmahadevi's birthplace in Shivamogga will be completed within two years.

The government has already set up the Veerashaiva lingayat development authority and earmarked Rs 500 crores.

He said Akka Mahadevi was the first Kannada poetess. She sacrificed worldly affairs at a very young age and lived for the welfare of society. Her value-based vachanas talk secrets of life.

Mr Yediyurappa also inaugurated Basava Bhavan built in the first phase of Vijayanagara.

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