Sarita Devi will not be allowed to participate in the AIBA women's world boxing championships in Jeju Islands in Korea
Taking a strict action, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has provisionally suspended India's woman boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony.
Protesting against a controversial verdict, Sarita in an unprecedented move, had refused to wear the medal around her neck as she broke down on the podium during the ceremony for the 57-60 kg category.
"The AIBA also provisionally suspended Sarita's coaches (Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu, Blas Iglesias Fernandez and Sagar Mal Dhayal) as well as Indian chef-de-mission in the Incheon Asiad, Adille J Sumariwalla and will not allow any of them to participate at all levels of competitions, events and meetings until further notice," an AIBA statement said.
This case has been sent for review by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission and it means that Sarita Devi, the above mentioned coaches as well as Sumariwalla, will not be allowed to participate in the AIBA women's world boxing championships in Jeju Islands (Korea), 2014, the statement added.
The 29-year-old boxer accepted the medal in her hand and wiped her tears holding it, before handing it to South Korean silver medallist Ji-Na Park, who had defeated Sarita after a-what-seemed-to-be a 'bad' referee decision.
Even though the AIBA had taken note of her written apology, the international body surprisingly decided to suspend the boxer and the national coaches.
The fleet of about 200 twin-engine Sukhoi-30 would be back in air only when they are cleared by the technical review
India has grounded its entire fleet of Sukhoi-30 and each aircraft is undergoing a thorough technical check following a recent crash near Pune.
The fleet of about 200 twin-engine Su-30s would be back in air only when they are cleared by the technical review.
“The fleet has been grounded and is undergoing technical checks following the latest accident in Pune. It would be back in air only after a thorough check,” Indian Air Force (IAF) spokesperson Wing Commander Simranpal Singh Birdi said.
He did not specify the specific technical aspects that the force is looking into.
The grounded fleet represents almost a third of the country’s fighter fleet.
The IAF is down to 34 combat squadrons, as against an authorised strength of 44. Each squadron has up to 18 fighter planes.
Last week, a Sukhoi-30 MKI crashed in a field near Pune, and preliminary findings had suggested a technical problem in the fly-by-wire system as the cause and not human error.
In a press statement, the IAF had named the pilots as Wing Commander S Munje and Flying Officer Anup Singh.
“The SU 30 MKI Aircraft accident is under investigation. A Court of Inquiry is in progress to ascertain the actual cause of the accident,” he said.
Incidentally, one of the two pilots was involved in a previous Su-30 crash too.
This was the fifth accident involving a SU 30 MKI since 2009 and the fleet has been grounded at least twice earlier.
It is time that the Indian Commerce Minister arranges to send a trade delegation to Iran and attempts to secure contracts for supplying rails, wagons, locomotives besides offering to do rail-road contracts
Originally conceived and proposed by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who took the initiative to sign an MOU with the then President of Iran, Mohammed Khatami, more than a decade ago, this joint venture now approved by Premier Narendra Modi to invest some $86 million (or about Rs520 crore) in the development of Chabahar is a welcome sign in establishing further our firm relations with that country.
According to the available information in the press, which were covered in these columns earlier, the Chabahar port is just 76 kms away from Gwader Port in Baluchistan, being developed and under the supervision of China.
This proposed investment in Chabahar port would be a joint venture with the Indian side represented by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust with the Iranian Port and Maritime Organisation. This will cover the cost of equipping two berths within the next 12 months, one as a terminal for containers and the other to meet general multipurpose cargo needs. Once completed, this will facilitate the cargo movement not only within Iran through its own rail and road networks, but also make it possible for India to send its goods to Afghanistan via Zaranj, which is 883 kms away.
In fact, as early as 2009, not long ago though, India had assisted Afghanistan in building this Zaranj-Delaram road, which connects the well-known Afghanistan garden highway, which covers the cities of Herat, Kandahar, Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.
Additionally, if rail-road extensions are planned and laid now, it would make it possible for Indian goods to access CIS countries as well.
This development in Chabahar could bring Iran closer to India in enabling her to export gas and urea and, facilitate import of essential goods like rice, soya, and pharmaceutical and engineering products from India.
It is time that Indian Commerce Minister arranges to send a trade delegation to this country and attempt to secure contracts for supplying rails, wagons, locomotives besides offering to do rail-road contracts. Our interest to increase trade with Iran must include setting up gas based industries like production of urea for them to export to India and to utilise their rupee account for joint ventures in setting up related industries in India, which could be again fertilisers, and guaranteeing to get required food grains, if necessary on a barter basis.
Our relationship with Iran needs to be strengthened by greater trade and mutual visits.
(AK Ramdas has worked with the Engineering Export Promotion Council of the ministry of commerce. He was also associated with various committees of the Council. His international career took him to places like Beirut, Kuwait and Dubai at a time when these were small trading outposts; and later to the US.)