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Djokovic says he was offered 110,000 pounds to throw match
Tennis World No.1 Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he was once indirectly offered 110,000 pounds to throw a first round match at a tournament in Russia.
 
The Serbian tennis star, however, said match-fixing was not prevalent at the top level of tennis, as allegations of corruption overshadowed the start of the Australian Open.
 
The offer came for him to lose in the St. Petersburg Open, although he never ended up playing in the event.
 
"I was not approached directly. I was approached through people who were working with me at that time, that were with my team," Djokovic, who is through to the second round of the ongoing Australian Open, was quoted as saying by Daily Mail on Monday.
 
"Of course, we threw it away right away. It didn't even get to me, the guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn't even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it," he said.
 
The BBC and BuzzFeed News have obtained 'secret files' that reportedly contain evidence of suspected match-fixing in tennis.
 
Those files indicate that, over the past decade, 16 players who have been ranked in the world's top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions that they have thrown matches.
 
All of the players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were allowed to continue competing.
 
"Unfortunately there were some, in those times, those days, rumours, some talk, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven't heard anything similar," Djokovic said.
 
"It made me feel terrible because I don't want to be anyhow linked to this kind of opportunity. For me, that's a crime in sport, honestly. I don't support it. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis," Djokovic said.
 
Djokovic maintains that most of the allegations belong to the past and do not involve top players.
 
"From my knowledge and information about, you know, the match-fixing or anything similar, there is nothing happening on the top level, as far as I know. Challenger level, those tournaments, maybe, maybe not," he said.
 
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12 junior officers removed from PMO, 16 new to join
The government on Monday ordered shifting of 12 assistant section officers from Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to various ministries.
 
It also ordered appointment of 16 senior secretariat assistants from different ministries to the home ministry for their further posting in PMO.
 
The removed junior officers have been sent to defence, agriculture and cooperation, information and broadcasting, commerce, food and public distribution, higher education, petroleum and natural gas and road, transport and highways ministries, said an order issued by department of personnel and training (DoPT).
 
The 16 officers posted in the home ministry are from different ministries.
 
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WhatsApp to cease annual subscription fee, will be free
Global instant messaging behemoth WhatsApp on Monday said it will waive its annual subscription fee over the next several weeks as it has not worked well.
 
"For many years, we have asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we have grown, we have found that this approach hasn't worked well," said WhatsApp in a blog post.
 
Despite not being able to charge its hundreds of millions of users the annual fee, WhatsApp said it would not subject its users to advertisements.
 
"Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we are introducing third-party advertisements. The answer is no," said the WhatsApp blog post.
 
Where then will WhatsApp's revenue come from? 
 
Without clearly defining the revenue model, WhatsApp said it would test tools starting from 2016 which could replace text messages and phone calls mode of communication between people and businesses and organisations.
 
"We will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organisations that you want to hear from."
 
Promising zero third-party advertisement and spam, WhatsApp said, "That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today - through text messages and phone calls."
 
Reaching out to many WhatsApp users without a debit or credit card across countries is also an objective of the move.
 
"Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or credit card number and they worried they would lose access to their friends and family after their first year," said the blogpost.
 
Founded by Ukrainian immigrants to America Jan Koum and Brian Acton in 2009, WhatsApp got acquired by social media giant Facebook for $19 billion in 2014.
 
Both Koum and Acton were former employees of technology company Yahoo.
 
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