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Lodha panel moves SC against BCCI over non-compliance
The Justice Lodha Committee on Wednesday sought the removal of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office-bearers, telling the Supreme Court that the country's apex cricketing body was not complying with its recommendations on organisational reforms.
 
As the Lodha Committee's counsel Gopal Shankarnarayan handed over the panel's report to the apex court, the bench headed by Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur observed, "If the BCCI thinks that they can defy the court's order and take the law into their own hands, they are mistaken."
 
Having observed this, the bench said it will hold a hearing on October 6 regarding the Lodha panel's report and the suggestion that the BCCI office-bearers should be removed en bloc.
 
The report by the Lodha panel had accused the BCCI of stalling reforms at every stage and violating the directions issued by the apex court. 
 
Complaining that the BCCI had ignored orders of the court and its recommendations on several issues, the Lodha panel sought action against the board's top brass, including BCCI President Anurag Thakur, for violating the apex court's orders. 
 
"The BCCI thinks it is law unto itself. We know how to get our orders implemented. BCCI thinks it is the lord. You (BCCI) better fall in line or we will make you fall in line. The conduct of the BCCI is in poor taste," Chief Justice Thakur asserted.
 
The Lodha Committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to clean up cricket administration in India following corruption and match-fixing scandals, had earlier submitted its report advising far-reaching changes in the way the game is run in the country.
 
The recommendations by the panel sought to define stringent eligibility criteria for BCCI office-bearers and set limits to their tenure. Ministers and bureaucrats currently holding office will not to be allowed to hold BCCI positions, neither would those officials holding office in their state associations or those above 70 years of age.
 
The Lodha Committee also advised that there should be five elected office-bearers -- president, secretary and one vice-president instead of the current five, treasurer and joint-secretary. The panel also proposed that these officials should serve no more than three three-year terms and that there must be a "cooling-off" period between terms to prevent them from holding office for several years at a stretch.
 
The Lodha panels report had also recommended that the BCCI Working Committee must be replaced with a nine-member apex council which will include representatives from the players' community, including one woman. 
 
There was also a proposal that a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General should be included in the apex council to keep an eye on how the BCCI was utilising its financial resources.
 
The Supreme Court had accepted all these recommendations and had asked the BCCI to implement them.
 
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Over 50% Indian online daters face security issues
With the growing trend of online dating services and apps, three in five (59%) Indian online daters are now facing security issues as these platforms have become hotbeds for cybercriminals, a new study revealed on Wednesday.
 
"In India, about 38% of consumers admitted to have used online dating apps at some point in their lives. In fact, currently, eight per cent of women and 13% of men in India have dating apps on their mobile devices," said the results of a study by global security software firm Norton by Symantec.
 
Conducted among 1,005 Indian smartphone and tablet users aged 16 years and above, the "Norton Mobile Survey" said that of those who admitted to have used online dating, nearly 64% women had experienced security problems as opposed to 57% of men. 
 
"While there are many legitimate daters on these apps, considering the anonymity, online daters can run the risk of becoming a victim of stalking, harassment, catfishing, identity theft, and even phishing scams," said Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, India, Norton by Symantec.
 
The most concerning security issues reported include virus/malware (23%), nuisance advertisements (13%), cyberstalking (9%), being tricked into using premium services (9%), identity theft (6%) and revenge porn (4%). 
 
The report said Delhi has the most users of online dating platforms. 
 
"Online dating apps were most likely to have been used at least once by people in Delhi (51%), followed by Chennai (39%), Kolkata (36%), Mumbai (35%) and Ahmedabad (35%)," the results showed.
 
Ironically, while consumers in Chennai (20%) and Hyderabad (21%) find online dating low risk, they have reported experiencing most security problems -- 68% and 69% respectively.
 
"The solution is not to panic, nor is it to stop using the apps. Online dating on mobile devices isn't going away but there are some simple, best practices Indians can adopt to keep themselves, their devices and mobile apps secure," Chopra added.
 
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Why Bihar can treat only 0.3% of its malnourished children
Of 5 million malnourished children under five in Bihar, no more than 0.3 per cent, or one in 340 -- at best -- can be treated at the state's 38 nutrition rehabilitation centres (NRCs), the first line of primary care against a condition that can permanently inhibit future potential in a region with India's youngest population.
 
There is one NRC for every Bihar district, serving roughly an area of 100 sq km, according to Right to Information (RTI) appeals that we filed. Bihar, India's third-most-populous state, has the country's greatest proportion of young people, with a median age of 20 years, as IndiaSpend previously reported.
 
Each NRC has either 10 or 20 beds, and assuming each child is treated for 20 days -- the average time needed -- each NRC treats about 365 children in a year. That means Bihar's NRCs -- assuming they have 20 beds and round-the-year service, which is not the case -- treat 13,870 children, or 0.3%.
 
Witnessed most in the form of under-nutrition, malnutrition is mainly caused by not having enough to eat, not eating enough of the right things or being unable to use the food that one does eat. It manifests generally in one or more of these forms: Stunting (very low height for age), underweight (very low weight for age) and wasting (very low weight for height).
 
Up to 40 per cent of children at risk of death relapse into malnutrition
 
No more than 8,539 children were admitted in 2013-14 to the 38 NRCs; meaning only 66 per cent of the capacity (13,870) was utilised. As many as 11 of the 38 NRCs utilised less than 20 per cent of capacity, while four treated more than 300 children each -- which is more than 80 per cent of capacity.
 
An equally -- if not more-worrisome issue is children who relapse into malnutrition after treatment. Between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of families reported a relapse within a month of discharge. No more than 41 per cent of the families visited the NRCs for the eight-week follow-up programme, RTI data showed.
 
Of Bihar's estimated 100,000 "severely acute" malnourished children -- children who have one of the lowest growth rates and, as a consequence, risk death -- no more than 0.5 percent, or 500 children, stand a chance of being treated at these NRCs and 200 children can be treated fully.
 
Along with Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, Bihar has India's highest proportion of malnourished children -- more than half, according to the Rapid Survey on Children and the National Family Health Survey-4.
 
India ranks third in Asia and 24th worldwide for the number of malnourished children aged one to five, according to the 2015 Global Hunger Index.
 
A possible solution to treating Bihar's malnourished children might be to do away with the specialised 20-bed NRCs. Instead, primary health centres (PHCs) located in every block (a group of 10-15 panchayats, village councils) can take over NRC responsibilities.
 
The general public is not aware of the existence of NRCs, and if they are, these centres are too far away.
 
There are other options, such as community management of acute malnutrition, implemented in Bihar by Doctors without Borders, a global NGO.
 
The government's Sneha Shivir programme to implement specialised camps in anganwadi (childcare) centres and facilitate door-to-door malnutrition-specific care appears to be a step in the right direction, but is yet to be started.
 
Relapse can be addressed using phone calls for reminders, and follow-ups through automated phone calls and messages.
 
While the central government has approved a proposal from the Bihar government to increase the number of NRCs across Bihar, there is no apparent progress.
 
Many governments of poor states, including Bihar, hope to bring down the proportion of malnourished children to less than 30 per cent by 2018; this appears ambitious because these targets do not match the work on the ground.
 
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