Leisure, Lifestyle & Wellness
Rajasthan Royals player approached for fixing
A Rajasthan Royals cricketer was approached a month ago for fixing 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, the team said on Friday.
 
The Royals reaction comes in after the Indian Express reported on Friday that the Mumbai-based Royals player was approached by his Ranji Trophy teammate "with an offer of money if he followed a pre-decided pattern of play".
 
The player refused the offer and informed his team management, who in turn reported the matter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
 
"Over a month ago, a player from Rajasthan Royals was approached inappropriately by a player (who was not part of the IPL) in connection with the IPL 2015 matches. Maintaining high standards of integrity, the player informed the team management of this inappropriate approach," said Royals chief executive officer (CEO) Raghu Iyer.
 
"In keeping with applicable IPL regulations, Rajasthan Royals management immediately reported the incident to the ACSU of the BCCI."
 
Iyer praised the unnamed player for reporting the incident: "Rajasthan Royals commends the player for having reported this incident immediately and for his honesty and uprightness. His dedication to maintain the highest standards of integrity needs to be lauded."
 
The CEO added that the team will totally cooperate with the ACSU in further investigations.
 
"Rajasthan Royals in keeping with its zero tolerance approach immediately reported the incident further to the ACSU/BCCI for further process. Rajasthan Royals will continue to provide full support and assistance to the BCCI to ensure that the game of cricket is played in the right spirit," said Iyer.
 
"This incident does highlight that if players and other officials cooperate and disclose information or approaches immediately, the game can be kept clean and free from undesirable elements and activities."
 
The incident is reminiscent of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal which involved the Royals. In the 2013 edition of the Twenty20 tournament, Delhi Police arrested three cricketers -- S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- on charges of spot-fixing.
 
Sreesanth and Chavan were banned for life by the BCCI following investigations while Chandila's case is still pending.
 
Later in a separate case, Mumbai police arrested former Chennai Super Kings team official Gurunath Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of the then BCCI president and current ICC chairman N. Srinivasan, for betting.
 
Meiyappan and Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were found guilty of betting by the Supreme Court.
 
The Royals play their first IPL match of the 2015 season against Kings XI Punjab on Friday in Pune.

User

'Game of Thrones' piracy soars on internet
Fantasy drama TV series "Game of Thrones" piracy has spiked ahead of the April 12 premiere of the fifth season.
 
According to rights management and piracy protection firm Irdeto, episodes of “Game of Thrones” were downloaded more than seven million times during a three-month period this year, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
 
That's a 45 percent jump from the 4.9 million illegal downloads that the firm reported for the same period in 2014. 
 
The numbers make “Game of Thrones” the most pirated show from February 5 to April 6 this year, ahead of “The Walking Dead” (5.7 million downloads), “Breaking Bad” (3.8 million), “Vikings” (3.4 million) and “House of Cards” (2.7 million), according to Irdeto's research. 
 
Brazil ranks as the top country for illegal “Game of Thrones” downloads. France comes in second and US rounds out the top three. 

User

India likely to directly buy 63 Rafale combat jets
The Indian government has more or less decided to scrap the medium-multi role combat aircraft (MMRCA) selection process in favour of direct purchase of 63 Rafale aircraft from France in a government-to-government deal, says India Strategic magazine.
 
Authoritative sources told the journal that a MoU would be formally signed in Paris during the summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his host, President Francois Hollande. 
 
The number of aircraft is half that the 126 jets the Indian Air Force (IAF) had tendered for, 18 of which were to be acquired direct. The rest will be made by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in India.
 
There have been serious differences over responsibility for the quality of aircraft to be made by HAL and the overall pricing. 
 
Dassault, which produces the Rafale, had said it would do the transfer of technology and invest 50 percent in India as part of the 50 percent offsets clause stipulated in the tender but would not be responsible for what comes out of the HAL production lines.
 
Although Dassault had won the tender on the basis of technical evaluation and its "lowest" bid, the costing after accounting for periodic escalations during the life of the programme was touching $24 billion.
 
This made the ministry of defence uncomfortable. As negotiations with Dassault were not leading anywhere, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar observed that the deal could not go through if Dassault continued to ask for way too much. 
 
Defence ministry sources said it had "bitter experience" with French firm DCNS in the past over pricing while negotiating the Scorpene submarine deal and a decision was becoming difficult.
 
It appears that there were frantic discussions between the defence ministry and the IAF, which has been keen for the induction of new aircraft. 
 
The ministry then put up some options before the defence minister for a political decision - and the option to buy 63 aircraft through the government-to-government route was found the most acceptable.
 
Indications are that the Rafale deal will be part of a composite agreement including nuclear cooperation, some technology sharing and more bilateral investments.
 
India had purchased about 50 Mirage 2000 from Dassault in 1985 (and a few more later). Although they were not under any government-to-government deal, that acquisition would be a model to follow. 
 
The aircraft are under upgrades by Dassault and Thales - the electronic warfare and other systems provider - and HAL. 
 
Defence analyst Amit Cowshish, a former top defence ministry officer responsible for military acquisitions, observed that if the decision to go in for a direct purchase of 63 aircraft had indeed been taken, "then this shows great out-of-the box thinking" on the part of the ministry.
 
"It should make everyone happy, particularly the IAF, which needs the aircraft urgently, and Dassault and its associates for the way out," he said.
 
He added that it also opens more options for IAF to catch up with its requirements. 
 
The tender, or Request for Proposal (RfP) for the 126 MMRCA was floated in 2007. Rafale was declared the winner in 2012. 
 
Others in the competition were European Eurofighter Typhoon, Swedish Saab Gripen, US Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-16 and the Russian MiG-35.
 
The number of IAF combat squadrons is much less than the sanctioned 42, hovering around 32 or 34. 
 
The Mirage 2000 and MiG 29s, both acquired in the 1980s, are under upgrades to extend their lives by another 10 to 15 years.

User

COMMENTS

vishal

2 years ago

what really matters for Government is both production in India at a later stage and cost plus engine. The French will not help India to develop Engine and HAL is only a assembly center. Why we need so urgently this fighter Air craft? The question is not answered properly. Neither Pakistan or China will engage us in a Air war. Our DRDO, ISRO,GTRI & HAL are capable of sending rockets to Mars but are not capable enough to make a engine since Independence. If the same has been entrusted with a private company by now we would have had the capacity to produce a Aircraft like this. Our public sector Units are great but not great enough to meet challenges like this.

We are listening!

Solve the equation and enter in the Captcha field.
  Loading...
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email

BUY NOW

The Scam
24 Year Of The Scam: The Perennial Bestseller, reads like a Thriller!
Moneylife Magazine
Fiercely independent and pro-consumer information on personal finance
Stockletters in 3 Flavours
Outstanding research that beats mutual funds year after year
MAS: Complete Online Financial Advisory
(Includes Moneylife Magazine and Lion Stockletter)