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BCCI and Asian Games

BCCI has refused to send cricket teams to Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou in November 2010. Men will have a cricket series with New Zealand at that time. Women do not have any series but BCCI has not agreed to send women’s team also.
Some have called BCCI’s decision a national disgrace. Some say BCCI has put money before medals. Some suggest BCCI could send its B team. BCCI does not agree. In 1998 it sent two teams; one to Kuala Lumpur for Commonwealth Games, another to a series in Toronto. Both teams lost. Recently India’s B team in Zimbabwe lost two ODIs to Zimbabwe. Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of IOA, said he knew BCCI would not send cricket team to Commonwealth Games and therefore he did not include cricket in Commonwealth Games.
May be money is more important for BCCI and some cricketers than awards and Asian Games medals. Two cricketers did not think much of Padma Shri awards.
Some say it is not about money. BCCI is not agreeable to the whereabouts clause of World Anti-Doping Agency.
Someone said it is good if BCCI does not send a team. Cricketers get attention at all times. This time other athletes will get attention.
Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have agreed to send teams to Asian Games. Afghanistan, China and Oman cricket teams will play in Asian Games.
Sports ministry can select two teams. For men’s team cricketers who retired in recent years and those who are not likely to play in New Zealand series can be selected. Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, Rohan Gavaskar, David Johnson, Noel Coward and such players can be in the team. There is no problem in selecting women’s team as they do not have any series at the time.
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National Highway 39

National Highway 39 in Manipur has been blocked by some Nagas since 11/4/2010. Prices have shot up in Manipur. Life has become difficult. Manipur government has done nothing to stop the blockade. Indian government has done nothing to stop the blockade.
National Highway 53 also came under blockade. However some suppliers were brought through under escort some days back.
It is the duty of the state government to maintain law and order. When the state government fails central government has to intervene.
India wants a seat as permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations. It is unable to ensure transport of goods within its territory.
Over the years many who blocked transport were dealt with leniently. Gujjars were let off easily. They caused havoc for several days. NH 39 blockade has gone on for too long. It look India is worse than a banana republic.
Manipur government must be told to put an end to blockade. People who block must be told to end the blockade. If they do not stop the blockade, force must be used to remove them from the place.
There must be tough punishment for blockade. It should not be less than 50 years imprisonment.
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Air India

There are different views about what is to be done to Air India. One view is to privatise Air India. Another view is opposed to privatisation.
Air India is making loss. If Air India can make profit it can continue as national carrier. Otherwise it has to be privatised.
People in power who misuse Air India should be sacked. During IPL 3 two Air India flights were rescheduled to carry IPL players and passengers had to wait for hours. Praful Patel, civil aviation minister, has to go.
Air India officials who have misused their positions should go.
Air India officials who act for the benefit of private airlines should go and be made to pay for the loss they caused.
Free travel on Air India to former employees and their family members beginning from CMDs should go. They were paid for the job.
Some talk of Air India doing social service. It is not a charitable trust to do social service. Air India should not operate routes that are not profitable.
Many Air India employees know about the misuse of the airline by officials. The employees should go public with such instances.
Gag on employees who speak about misuse of power is unjust. It is done not in the interest of airline but to protect officials and minister.
Employees should not go on flash strikes. When strikes are going on passengers should have correct information.
Problems related to merger of Indian Airlines with Air India should be solved. The merger was supposed to save 500 crore rupees per year. That did not happen. Indian Airlines employees are not happy with the merger.
If within a year Air India does not turn profitable it should be privatised.
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