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Manohar set to be named BCCI chief at Sunday's SGM
Former president Shashank Manohar has emerged as the sole candidate to be elected to the top post of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has fallen vacant with the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya, in the Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held here on Sunday.
 
The chair has been lying vacant since Dalmiya died in Kolkata on September 20. As per BCCI's constitution, a notification for a SGM to nominate a successor has to be issued within 15 days of the incumbent's death.
 
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said Manohar is the only candidate for the top post.
 
A SGM will be held here on Sunday where a decision regarding the vacant chair will be taken. Manohar, a lawyer by profession, earlier held the post from 2008 to 2011.
 
"Shashank Manohar is the only candidate for the BCCI president's post. A decision regarding it will be taken in BCCI's SGM in Mumbai on October 4," Thakur had said on the sidelines of the T20 practice match between India A and the visiting South African team in New Delhi on September 29.
 
Manohar emerged as a consensus candidate among East Zone units whose turn it is to nominate a president till 2017. Any candidate for the BCCI top job will need a proposer from the eastern region.
 
It was earlier believed the Tripura Cricket Association or National Cricket Club will propose Manohar's candidature. But it is now believed former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who succeeded Dalmiya as the new Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, is likely to propose Manohar's name for the post.
 
But Ganguly dodged all questions in a recent event when he was asked if he would support and recommend Manohar’s name for the top post.
 
Manohar is known to be close to former BCCI and International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Sharad Pawar. The senior lawyer has Pawar's backing and after Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Rajiv Shukla opted out of the race, he is likely to be supported by Anurag Thakur as well.
 
Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) chief Amitabh Choudhary had emerged as a possible candidate earlier, but his chances slimmed considerably as the Sharad Pawar and Anurag Thakur factions wanted their man at the top.
 
Manohar is unlikely to face any rival since the faction led by ex-BCCI chief N. Srinivasan doesn't have the majority among 29 votes to counter the former's candidature.
 
Srinivasan is ineligible to attend the meeting on Sunday but he can cast his vote at the SGM in the scenario of an election.
 
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FWICE strike affects shooting of 'Bajirao Mastani', Aamir Khan's film
With the strike by the FWICE -- Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees, the mother-body of the several unions of industry workers - effective from Saturday, shooting of the forthcoming film “BajiRao Mastani” and actor Aamir Khan's film have stalled in addition to several TV shows.
 
According to the B.N. Tiwari, the President of The Sound Association of India, the whole film city is a part of the strike involving all 22 associations like Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA), Association of Film & TV Editors, Cine Costume & Make-up Artist and Hair Dresser Association, Film Writers' Association.
 
“The whole film city is a part of this strike, all 22 associations. We have closed the gates of the film city, the police is here and the protests are going on. 
 
"'BajiRao Mastani' shoot has also stalled and many have stopped the shoot themselves like filmmaker Rohit Shetty has stopped the shoot of his film in Chennai, a film shoot involving Aamir Khan has stopped for two days...everybody is in support,” Tiwari told IANS over phone.
 
FWICE along with Cine and Television Artistes Association went on strike demanding better wages and improved working conditions.
 
Sharing that the strike is effective pan-India, Tiwari shared that shooting will not take place anywhere in the country. 
 
The high court has ordered the association to stay away from the venues where the shoots are still taking place, keeping a distance of 150 km radius to be precise.
 
“The high court has ordered that for 15 days, wherever the shooting is taking place, we have to be at least 150 km radius away from the vicinity. There are a few shootings going on today, but tomorrow they won't,” he said.
 
The tussle between Producers Association and FWICE is going on since February when the memorandum of understanding (MoU) expired and both the parties couldn't agree to a renewal.
 
“The negotiations with the producers is on. The legal advisers are working on the paper work for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)... Our representatives are in talks with the Producer's association,” Tiwari said.
 
“If we close down even for a single day, it is equivalent to a loss of 100 crores! We cannot afford a strike for very long, so the producers have to wrap it up as soon as possible. I t should be over in 2-4 days max. The process of MoU is a little lengthy, everything needs to be in place, once it is signed then this one day problem will be solved for the next five years,” he added.
 
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NASA rover sends dazzling Martian 'postcard'
The drilling of 2.6-inche deep hole in a rock - labeled as “Big Sky” - is part of a multi-day sequence that will result in the analysis of the Martian rock's ingredients by the rover's onboard laboratories
 
While you enjoy spectacular landscapes and a lone astronaut's fight for survival in Matt Damon-starrer “The Martian,” Mars Curiosity rover has sent a stunning “postcard” after it drilled its eighth hole on the Red Planet.
 
The drilling of 2.6-inche deep hole in a rock - labeled as “Big Sky” - is part of a multi-day sequence that will result in the analysis of the Martian rock's ingredients by the rover's onboard laboratories.
 
"With 'Big Sky', we found the ordinary sandstone rock we were looking for," said Curiosity project scientist Ashwin Vasavada.
 
It also happens to be relatively near sandstone that looks as though it has been altered by fluids -- likely groundwater with other dissolved chemicals.
 
"We are hoping to drill that rock next, compare the results, and understand what changes have taken place,” he said in a statement.
 
The analyses of the rock-powder samples will occur over the next week.
 
Meanwhile, the team will be turning the rover's attention and its wheels towards the second rock, where the sample analysis process will begin anew.
 
Curiosity is currently on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp in a region covered in sandstone called the “Stimson Unit”.
 
"The only thing more stunning than these images is the thought that Curiosity will be driving through those lower hills one day,” Vasavada noted.
 
"We couldn't help but send a postcard back to all those following her journey,” he added.
 
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