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Mohun Bagan struggling to breathe under financial instability
Almost a month after bringing home the coveted I-League after 13 years, Mohun Bagan is still having problems solving monetary issues and attracting investors
 
Mohun Bagan may have its roots in the rich history of Indian football but is at present struggling to breathe.
 
Almost a month after bringing home the coveted I-League after 13 years, Mohun Bagan is still having problems solving monetary issues and attracting investors.
 
The club's general secretary, Anjan Mitra, hopes the triumph will attract sponsors. Mitra, who has been associated with the club for a very long time, had earlier said it was not able to pay the fees of some players owing to a financial crisis and insisted the crunch is still on.
 
"The financial crunch is still on. There's a legal problem that is going on right now. We hope to settle this issue very soon and do something for the club. I hope this success (of winning the I-League) will attract sponsors too," Mitra told IANS in an interview.
 
Mitra again emphasised on sponsorship when asked about the immediate goals for the club saying one cannot go ahead with empty hands.
 
"We have to solve this sponsorship problem quickly; the faster the merrier. And we have to settle on the team for the next season too, but you cannot go ahead with shortage of funds; so we have to resolve the issue as quickly as possible."
 
Mohun Bagan, along with eternal foes East Bengal, is currently sponsored by the United Breweries group.
 
Mohun Bagan, formed in 1889, won its first major title in July 29, 1911, beating East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 to claim the Indian Football Association (IFA) shield. The win aroused nationalistic fervour among Indians who desperately sought freedom from the imperialist British rule.
 
Since then it has grown from strength to strength to become one of the dominant forces in Indian football, winning the national football league four times and a host of other major trophies.
 
But will the glorious past and the promise of a bright future be erased because of a financial crisis?
 
Apart from the monetary issue, the I-League, the country's premier football competition, faces an existential crisis from the Indian Super League (ISL).
 
With the prospect of the two leagues getting merged by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), will traditional clubs like Mohun Bagan cease to exist? Mitra doesn't rule out such a possibility.
 
"In Indian football anything and everything is possible. Whatever the AIFF decides we have to abide by it; we are neither in the committee nor in a position to comment on the issue. So we will just wait and watch what happens; there is nothing on our hands."
 
Mitra also took a dig at the franchise-based clubs that are in vogue in the ISL, saying they lack stability and don't offer a guaranteed future.
 
"Professional clubs lack permanency. You see what happened with Mahindra United (that closed down in 2010). Today they might be here, but tomorrow they may not exist. But clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are public-oriented and will come through no matter what," he said.
 
Mitra also insisted that his team was spending a lot on its grassroots development programme which would enable a steady flow of players into the senior team.
 
"Tell me which other club is spending like us," he asked.
 
"We have a residential academy where 100 percent placements are provided; we have developed the Under-14, -16 and -19 teams. We are working seriously to develop the grassroots, but when you talk of infrastructure, that cannot be changed in a day or two," Mitra said. 

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Google Maps now available in 12 more Indian cities
Starting Tuesday people can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement said here.
 
Among the other cities are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai. 
 
This latest update to Google Maps makes traffic information available for all national highways and expressways in India, it added.
 
"We are constantly working on making Google Maps a more comprehensive, daily tool for Indians and we hope that this new real-time traffic information for 12 cities and all national highways will help drivers across the country find the best routes to their destinations with the fewest delays," Suren Ruhela, director, program management at Google said.
 
This traffic feature, is available on both mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps. It helps a person to see real time traffic conditions across a total of 34 cities in India.
 
Once the traffic layer is turned on in Google Maps, commuters can see routes mapped out in different colours, indicating the different speed of traffic on those roads.
 
"Green means there are no traffic delays on the road, orange indicates a medium amount of traffic and red means heavier traffic congestion," the statement said.
 
While in navigation mode, Google Maps will also use real time traffic information to more accurately estimate time of arrival and to provide options for alternate routes if there are faster options available.

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Bombay High Court allows Nestle to export Maggi noodles
In a partial breather for Nestle, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed the company's Indian branch to export all varieties of its popular two-minute Maggi noodles.
 
The domestic restrictions, however, would continue to apply. The matter will now come up for further hearing on July 14.
 
Maggi was banned by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on June 5 after several samples were found having lead and MSG contents beyond permissible limits.
 
Nestle India had challenged the ban on grounds that it was 'unauthorised, arbitrary, unconstitutional for violating right to equality and trade', and violative of principles of natural justice since the company was not given a proper hearing.

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COMMENTS

MG Warrier

1 year ago

I am not a food expert. I am a student of statistics and am aware of the flaws in sampling. Last so many decades of news watch has also taught me the extent of manipulations possible in tests, reporting results and so on in different circumstances. ‘Standards’ can differ in different countries and geographical areas. On the face of it, though, it would look odd to allow export of food found ‘below standard for domestic consumption’.
But it was in olden times that commonsense and law had something in common!

Sunil Rebello

1 year ago

the Truth will prevail in MAGGIE.
ONLY GOD will take care of us and our Health

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