I&B Gives Nod For Temporary Up-Linking Of IPL Matches

New Delhi: The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, whose inaugural ceremony is scheduled for Friday, will have temporary live up-linking as the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has given its nod.

The initiative came after the Board of Control for Cricket in India reportedly wrote to Union Minister SmritiIrani seeking her intervention in getting the nod for live uplinking of the popular Twenty20 league. "Permission for temporary live uplinking of IPL tournament has been granted," a ministry official said.

The BCCI's letter to the minister was reportedly a follow-up of a compliant application that was filed earlier by Star India Pvt Ltd, which holds the broadcast rights of the IPL.


PIL To Stop IPL For Inadequate Measures To Prevent Match-Fixing

New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation was filed on Wednesday seeking to restrain the BCCI from conducting the 11th edition of Indian Premier League. The PIL filed in the Madras High Court in the absence of adequate measures to prevent match-fixing and betting.

When the petition by IPS officer G Sampathkumar came up, the First Bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice A Selvam ordered notice to the Union home ministry and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It then posted the matter for further hearing to April 13.

The bench orally observed that though the apprehensions of the petitioner were bona fide, how could the game be stalled just because there was possibility of match-fixing and other offences.


Sindhu Appears Strong Enough To Deal With Match Pressure

New Delhi: The top-ranked Indian women’s singles badminton player had gone to play at Gold Coast appears not bogged down by pressure of expectations. Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu, one of country’s brightest gold medal prospects at the Commonwealth Games 2018, is not new to dealing with match pressure.

World number 3, Sindhu, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist, will also spearhead India’s campaign in the mixed team event. “Pressure and responsibility is always there, but you just have to play your game and give your best,” the three-time World Championships medalist was quoted as saying by the Gold Coast CWG’s official website on Tuesday.


Dhoni Impresses All At Padma Award Ceremony

NEW DELHI: Former skipper of Indian cricket team M S Dhoni has once again become the cynosure of all eyes as the honorary Lieutenant Colonel received the Padma Bhushan Award dressed in Army paraphernalia.

It was a happy coincidence for Dhoni as he was conferred with the prestigious civilian honour on the seventh anniversary of their famous World Cup triumph. The Indian Territorial Army had conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on November 1, 2011, months after the country lifted its second world cup under his leadership.

The 37-year-old Dhoni is the second Indian cricketer after KapilDev to receive this honour. As his name was announced, Dhoni marched past the dignitaries present at the RashtrapatiBhavan before receiving the honour from President Ram NathKovind.


Commonwealth Games Federation Officials To Come Out With Their Report On Possible Breach Of Doping Protocols

NEW DELHI: Commonwealth Games Federation officials are probing a possible breach of doping protocols after syringes were found in the Games Village on Saturday. They are expected to come out with their report by Monday evening however nothing has been officially communicated.

And it is the Indian contingent that is in the eye of the storm despite protestations by senior officials that all are clean and no one is involved in the alleged doping attempt.

News of the incident greeted them as more Indian sportspersons continued to arrive for the Games, starting on Wednesday. On Sunday, the squash team reached Gold Coast via Brisbane with allegations of possible doping keeping the Games Village agog.