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Sachin Tendulkar to be made member of 'Order of Australia'

Masterblaster Tendulkar will become only the second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee to get the honour, which is 'rarely' awarded to non-Australians

 
New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar is set to another feather to his already crowded cap as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday announced that the iconic Indian cricketer will be conferred the membership of the Order of Australia, an honour 'rarely' awarded to non-Australians, reports PTI.
 
The 39-year-old Tendulkar, who is currently in South Africa playing in the Champions League Twenty20, will become only the second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.
 
Sorabjee was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations" in 2006.
 
"Cricket is of course a great bond between Australia and India. We are both cricket-mad nations. I am very pleased that we are going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar, membership of the order of Australia (AM)," Gillard, who is on a visit to India, told reporters here.
 
"This is a very special honour very rarely awarded to someone who is not an Australian citizen or an Australian national. The award will be conferred on him by cabinet Minister Simon Crean when he visits India," she said.
 
"So, a special honour and a very special recognition of such a great batsman. The honour is very special and Sachin is a very special cricketer."
 
Tendulkar is not the first cricketer to be made an Order of Australia AM as in 2009, West Indies legend Brian Lara was also made an honorary member.
 
Another West Indies legend, Clive Lloyd, is an Honorary Officer in the Order of Australia, having been conferred the award way back in 1985.
 
The right-handed Tendulkar, considered the finest batsman in contemporary cricket, has 15,533 runs in 190 Tests besides a mammoth 18,426 runs in 463 one day internationals (ODIs).
 

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BSES asked to pay Rs2,000 for burdening customer with extra payment

The customer had alleged that he ended up paying more for his electricity usage due to delay of over a year by the discom in converting his connection to the domestic category

 
New Delhi: BSES Yamuna Power Ltd has been asked by a consumer forum to pay Rs2,000 as compensation to one of its customers for delay in converting his connection to domestic category from non-domestic one due to which he had to pay higher power bill, reports PTI.
 
Observing that the customer was "unnecessarily burdened" with extra payment due to the delay by BSES, the East District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, directed the discom to adjust the excess payment made by complainant against his future bills.
 
"We agree with complainant (Nafis Ahmed) that he has been unnecessarily burdened with the extra payment on account of delay on the part of the respondent. We allow this complaint and direct the respondent (BSES) to issue the bill with regard to the connection in question on the basis of domestic power..
 
"The excess amount paid by the complainant shall be adjusted in future bills. We further award a compensation of Rs2,000 inclusive of the litigation charges," said the bench presided by NA Zaidi said.
 
The forum's order came on complaint by East Delhi resident Nafis Ahmed, who had alleged he ended up paying more for his electricity usage due to delay of over a year by the discom in converting his connection to the domestic category.
 
He said he had made the request for converting his power connection from non-domestic category to the domestic one on 3 September 2009 and a physical inspection of the site was done on 8 September 2009 by BSES which assured him that his power meter category would be changed in 15 days, but it never happened.
 
The discom in its reply had taken-up the plea that the delay had occurred because the house of the complainant was found locked.
 
The forum, however, said the discom had filed a copy of a report of inspection conducted by it and held there was "definitely some delay on the part of respondent (BSES) in granting the request made by the complainant".
 

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