New Delhi, June 24 (PTI) Giving a boost to the leather and footwear sector, the government has asked ministries, departments, public sector units and defence forces to give preference to domestic products in the segment.In the e-tenders, they have to give preferential treatment to domestic leather, footwear and accessories companies, an official said.This is part of an initiative of the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) to encourage ‘make-in-India’ campaign and promote manufacturing and production of goods and services India.The official also said domestic manufacturers that will supply goods such as saddlery, travel items, leather garments and high altitude footwear to the departments under the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017, will have to use a certain percentage of local content in their production.Up to 70 per cent minimum local content requirement is mandated for combat boot, safety shoes, footwear components, sports footwear with synthetic uppers and leather uppers.Similarly 60 per cent minimum local content requirement was fixed for saddlery, travel goods, leather garment and gloves.The minimum local content requirement will be reckoned with reference to ex-factory price on which the manufacturer has paid GST.Further, DIPP will be the nodal ministry to monitor the implementation of this order.Several other departments and ministries have already identified number of items for domestic content.The department of defence production have identified as many as 90 such items and they will be notifying the domestic content for these products soon.Similarly, department of pharma will be notifying the norms for four major categories, including consumables and implants.advertisementGovernment tenders worth about Rs 13,000 crore were either cancelled or withdrawn and re-issued after the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) stepped in to change their conditions for promoting ‘made in India’ goods.The government had issued the order on June 15, 2017, to promote manufacturing and production of goods and services in the country to enhance income and employment.Under the Public Procurement Order, it was envisaged that all central government departments, their attached or subordinate offices and autonomous bodies controlled by the Centre should ensure purchase preference be given to domestic suppliers in government procurement.Central Vigilance Commission too had issued directives to all central vigilance officers to exercise oversight on all contracts of over Rs 5 crore to ensure that restrictive and discriminatory clauses against domestic suppliers are not included in the tender documents for public procurement by central government agencies and that the tender conditions are in sync with the order. PTI RR SR BALBAL
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Bengaluru, Jul 6 (PTI) Bengaluru FC today said they have roped in Spanish winger Francisco ‘Xisco’ Hernández Marcos on a one-year-deal. Born in Palma in Mallorca, Xisco came through the youth ranks of local giants RCD Mallorca before making his senior debut with the reserves in the 200809 season. After a two-year spell with the reserves, he moved to CD Puertollano in Segunda División B the following season before returning to Mallorca B in 2011. The 28-year-old winger who can also operate as a second striker and a playmaker becomes the sixth foreigner in the current squad and ninth Spaniard to play for the Blues since 2013. “I am very grateful for this opportunity of playing for Bengaluru FC. They are a big team in the region and I am eager and excited to come to India,” Xisco said. After short spell with Gimnàstic de Tarragona (2016) in the Segunda División, he returned to Atlético Baleares midway through the season. His second spell with the Mallorca-based side saw him notch up 21 league goals in 66 league appearances. In fact, during the 2016-17 season, Xisco was an ever-present figure in the Baleares squad featuring 36 times and scoring 13 goals to help them finish fourth and seal qualification to the promotion play-offs and the Copa Del Rey. “I realise the responsibility of playing for one of the best teams in the country is huge. It is going to be a challenge for me, but I am very happy to belong to Blue family now and I will be giving my very best,” Xisco stated.advertisement Other Spaniards bought over by BFC this season are Kean Lewis, Rino Anto, Sairuat Kima, Gursimrat Gill and Chencho Gyeltshen. He also becomes the second new foreigner for the season behind the Bhutanese who joined ten days ago. His second spell with the Balearic Island giants saw him finally break into the first team playing in the Copa Del Rey against fellow La Liga giants Sporting Gijón. Xisco then played for Lleida Esportiu (2012-13), CD Atlético Baleares (2013-14) and CF Reus Deportiu (2014-15) in the following seasons netting a total of 17 goals in 82 league appearances in Segunda B. PTI BDN AHAH
India took a surprising call on Wednesday as they dropped Cheteshwar Pujara for the first Test against England at Edgbaston.The decision took many by surprise as Pujara has been one of the mainstays in the Indian batting lineup in Test cricket.But a look at his numbers this year actually justifies the move as India picked KL Rahul instead of the Saurashtra batsman.Cheteshwar Pujara dropped as Team India finally runs out of patienceOffering a new perspective in this matter, former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey feels said it showed India is a strong team with good batting lineup.”The dropping of Pujara from the squad for the first test (against England) is real good sign of strength for India. It suggests the India is a good side with strong battling lineup,” he said.India vs England, 1st Test: We did well as a bowling unit, says ShamiHussey said Lokesh Rahul might have got into the playing eleven because of his current form, which is better than Pujara.”Both Pujara and Rahul are good batsmen, but sometimes a team goes for a batsman who is playing batting better than the other at a given point of time,” he said.India vs England, 1st Test: R Ashwin leads sensational Indian fightbackIn 11 Test matches in 2016, Pujara had scored 836 runs including three hundreds. The next year, Pujara was more phenomenal. In 11 Tests in 2017, he scored 1140 runs and hit four hundreds.DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARYBut there was a deeper meaning to those numbers when looked at closely. Those runs mostly came at home. In 2016 and 2017, the only Test series India played away from home were in West Indies and Sri Lanka.advertisementIn 2018, before the England tour, India had played four Tests including three in South Africa. Pujara played all four and scored 135 runs with a lone half-century against Afghanistan.India vs England: Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root with mic drop celebrationPujara’s numbers in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa are abysmal. As a number three batsman, he was expected to score big runs consistently. Moreover, he was expected to fill the big boots of Rahul Dravid.In England, Pujara managed only 222 runs from five Tests in 2014. Besides, in the lead-up to the first Test of the current five-match series, Pujara had a disappointing county stint and failed to make an impression during the practice match against Essex.His poor numbers in tough conditions finally cost him his place in the playing XI. KL Rahul, who enjoyed a sensational IPL season and topped that up with a scintillating hundred against England in the T20 International series, replaced Pujara at number three.Rahul, on the other hand, has made a solid impression as an opener in Test cricket whenever he got the opportunity. In fact, during India’s extended home season, Rahul equalled the record for most consecutive Test half-centuries. In England, there was no way the team management could have ignored him.India meanwhile, fought back on the first day of the Edgbaston Test as they reduced England to 285/9 at the close of play on the first day with R Ashwin taking 4 wickets while Mohammed Shami bagged two. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma got one wicket each.(With PTI inputs)
India and Philippines have pulled out of the paragliding event at the Asian Games 2018, leaving the competition between just 18 countries. The Asian Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.The paragliding event at the Asian Games will begin on August 20 with the men’s and women’s Individual Accuracy discipline. The 18 countries participating in the event are: Afghanistan, China, Kuwait, Indonesia, Hong Kong China, IR Iran, Japan, Korea (KOR), Malaysia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Qatar, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Public relations officer of the Indonesian Aero Sport Federation (FASI) Tagor Siagoan said that India and Philippines withdrew after their participation was disapproved by their respective Olympic Association.Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has time and again said that they are concentrating only on events where they have a chance of winning medals.”India and the Philippines have quit Asiad paragliding because their participation had been disapproved by their respective Olympic councils,” Siagoan said to the Asian Games official website.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGETagor said that he was informed of India’s withdrawal by an Indian paragliding pilot, named Vijai Soni, last Saturday (August 11).”According to Vijai Soni, it is not about funding, but more on doubts about whether [the athletes] could bring home a gold medal,” Tagor said.Tagor further said that Vijai Soni did express his disappointment over not being able to participate in the Asian Games despite them having a chance in the cross-country category.advertisement”Vijai Soni said India actually had quite an opportunity in the cross-country category as good as Nepal,” he said.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL SQUADTagor mentioned that Soni sent a message for athletes who will be competing in the cross-country category asking them not to give up easily on giants, such as Korea and Japan.”The deciding factor is in the sky, not on paper,” Tagor quoted Soni.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: DISCIPLINESVijai Soni was one among the five male pilots who had planned to participate in the Asian Games 2018. The entire Indian team had been focusing on national training since March.Paragliding has two categories — landing accuracy and cross-country — with six gold medals on offer for men’s, women’s and team events.
The Indian team sported black armbands on day one of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge to pay homage to Ajit Wadekar, who passed away on Wednesday night.Former India captain Wadekar, who breathed his last aged 77 at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital.Team India also paid respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died at the age of 93 in New Delhi on Thursday a day after Wadekar.Earlier, the Indian team had paid their tributes to Wadekar on Thursday by observing a two-minute silence at Trent Bridge.Wadekar was cremated at the Shivaji Park crematorium in Mumbai with full state honours on Friday.The Indian Cricket Team is wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to former India captain Shri Ajit Wadekar and former India Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently. pic.twitter.com/vXMEFyODuyBCCI (@BCCI) August 18, 2018Also read – Farewell Ajit Wadekar: Captain Courageous, Gutsy ManagerHis body was wrapped in the tricolor to honour him. In the presence of family members and well-wishers, Wadekar was bid a tearful adieu as Mumbai Police gave him a gun salute.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Sameer Dighe, former hockey captain MM Somaiya and past and present officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association attended the event and offered their prayers and condolences.#TeamIndia members observe a two minute silence to condole the sad demise of former India Captain Ajit Wadekar. pic.twitter.com/Ao69bXV10TBCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2018Also read – Ajit Wadekar brought out the best in us in 1990s: Sachin TendulkaradvertisementAn aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958-59 but did not play for India until 1966-67.Wadekar played 37 Tests for India and scored 2113 runs including one hundred and 14 half-centuries at an average of 31.07.Also read – Virat Kohli pays his respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Ajit WadekarWadekar led India to historic series triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971. An aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958-59 but did not play for India until 1966-67.Wadekar took over as captain of the Indian team from MAK Pataudi and proved to be a good leader of men. After leading the country to memorable series wins in the West Indies and England, Wadekar oversaw another series win over England in 1972-73, at home.Also read – Ajit Wadekar cremated with full state honours in MumbaiHowever, Wadekar had to retire after India were blanked 3-0 on the tour of England in 1974.Wadekar also served as India manager in the 1990s and enjoyed a successful stint with then captain Mohammad Azharuddin. He was appointed as chairman of selectors in 1998.
Manjit Singh was a proud man after winning a historic gold medal for India at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday.Manjit Singh won gold while Jinson Johnson won silver in the men’s 800 metre race as Indian athletes continued to dominate the tracks in Indonesia.”Expected to win a gold. My preparations were good so expected to beat not just Jinson but others too. We are good friends, Jinson is a good athlete. It’s a gift for me and more importantly it’s for my country. I want to win gold in Olympics as well,” Manjit said.Manjit clocked 1:46.15 while Johnson clocked 1:46.35 to make it a memorable double for India.ASIAN GAMES DAY 10 WRAP | HIGHLIGHTSPlenty was expected from Majit and Johnson and they did not disappoint.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSThis is the third time India have won two medals in the men’s 800m race at the Asian Games.In 1951, Ranjit Singh had won gold while Kulwant Singh won silver. In 1962, Daljit Singh won a silver medal and Amrit Pal finished with a bronze.Asian Games 2018: India win silver in first ever Mixed 4x400m relayOverall, this was India’s sixth gold medal in the men’s 800m race.In June, Johnson ran one of the most memorable races in recent times as he smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m record, the oldest one in Indian athletics, to steal the spotlight on the second day of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati. His effort there had helped him book a ticket for the Asian Games as the qualification mark was 1:47.50.advertisement”Very happy with our performance to win gold and silver. We were targetting a podium finish. Manjit did very well, we wished each other to do well before the race,” Johnson said.
New Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) in presence of actor Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday gave a rousing send-off to the athletes ahead of the third Asian Para Games, slated to be held from October 6 to 13.The Asian Para Games will see players participate in an array of events including athletics, swimming, badminton, chess and powerlifting. “A massive 300-member team including about 200 athletes, coaches, support staff, escorts, staff and officials will be flying to Jakarta as part of the Indian contingent,” President, PCI, Rao Inderjit Singh, told PTI. India’s medal hopes will be pinned on Paralympic medallists Deepa Malik, Devendra Jhajharia, Mariappan Thangavelu, Varun Bhati at the continental event. “In 2016 in the Rio Olympics, India was not able to win any gold medals. The entire country was sad. At that time our para athletes took it upon themselves to raise the Indian flag. We got four medals including two golds. Two of our athletes broke world records,” Singh said. Khan, who heads the Meer foundation that supports the para athletes, said: “My motivation of coming here is very selfish, I used to play sports when I was child. I got hurt one day and after that I was stuck at home for over a year. “I thought my life is over but when I see these players I get inspired. I have come to take inspiration and thank these para athletes for motivating me.”Deepa, who became the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games by clinching the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in shot put, expressed her gratitude to the actor for associating himself with the games.advertisement “When an athlete wins a medal its not just his/her medal its the entire country’s. I am thankful to Shah Rukh for coming today because whatever he associates with gets more traction. His association with us will increase awareness about the games,” she said. Deepa along with other athletes also expressed their desire to name Khan the official brand ambassador of the para athletes. In the Incheon edition of the Para Asian Games, India returned with a rich tally of 33 medals including three gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze medals. PTI APA BS ATKATK
Hong Kong’s Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed and Haseeb Amjad have been charged for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.ICC charged the three Hong Kong players with 19 counts of breaching the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. Irfan Ahmed is face nine charges, whilst Nadeem Ahmed and Haseeb Amjad are each charged with five breaches of the Code.All three players have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect pending determination of these charges.Irfan Ahmed has been charged with the following nine offences under the Code:Article 2.1.1 of the 2012 Code — fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Hong Kong v Scotland match of 13 January 2014.Article 2.4.2 of the 2012 Code — failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of the 2012 Code in relation to the Hong Kong v Scotland match of 13 January 2014.Article 2.1.1 of the 2012 Code — fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.Article 2.1.3 of the 2012 Code — failure, for reward, to perform to one’s abilities in the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.Article 2.4.2 of the 2012 Code — failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of the 2012 Code in relation to the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.advertisementArticle 2.1.2 of the 2012 Code — seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept a bribe or other Reward to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Hong Kong v Zimbabwe match of 12 March 2014.Article 2.1.3 of the 2014 Code — seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept a bribe or other Reward to fix or contrive or otherwise improperly influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of one of more of the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in July 2015.Article 2.4.4 of the 2014 Code – failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the 2014 Code in relation to one or more of the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in July 2015.Article 2.1.3 of the 2014 Code — seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept a bribe or other Reward to fix or contrive or otherwise improperly influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of one of more of the 2016 ICC World T20 matches.Nadeem Ahmed has been charged with the following five offences under the Code:Article 2.1.1 of the 2012 Code — fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Hong Kong v Scotland match of 13 January 2014.Article 2.4.2 of the 2012 Code — failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of the 2012 Code in relation to the Hong Kong v Scotland match of 13 January 2014.Article 2.1.1 of the 2012 Code — fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.Article 2.4.2 of the 2012 Code — failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of the 2012 Code in relation to the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.Article 2.1.3 of the 2014 Code – seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept a bribe or other Reward to fix or contrive or otherwise improperly influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of one of more of the 2016 ICC World T20 matches.Haseeb Amjad has been charged with the following five offences under the Code:Article 2.1.1 of the 2012 Code –fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Hong Kong v Scotland match of 13 January 2014.Article 2.4.2 of the 2012 Code — failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of the 2012 Code in relation to the Hong Kong v Scotland match of 13 January 2014.advertisementArticle 2.1.1 of the 2012 Code — fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.Article 2.4.2 of the 2012 Code — failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of the 2012 Code in relation to the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.Article 2.1.3 of the 2012 Code — failure, for reward, to perform to one’s abilities in the Hong Kong v Canada match of 17 January 2014.Irfan Ahmed was suspended by the ICC in April 2016 for admitting breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code. Further details can be found here.The players have 14 days from 8 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.
Ben McDermott feels Australia will have the upper hand when his side meets India in the third and final T20 International of the three-match series on Sunday.India were a shot at drawing parity in the series after rain halted proceedings in the second T20I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.Australia head into the final T20I with a 1-0 lead after winning the opening T20 in Brisbane on Wednesday by four runs.”It is not every day you have the opportunity to win a series for Australia (against a team like India). We’re doing the right things and we’ve got one win on the board, we just need that one more,” McDermott said after the match in which Australia posted 132/7 in 19 overs.India vs Australia, 2nd T20I: HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | REPORTThe target was first revised to 137 in 19 overs for India, curtailed to 90 in 11 overs and 46 from five overs. But the visiting side could not even lay foot on the crease to give any of the targets a shot owing to the weather.”It was very frustrating especially with the rain following us around (in all T20 matches). We had set ourselves up nicely for the 19th over but we lost momentum with Jasprit Bumrah bowling the 18th over. But overall it was very frustrating night being on and off with rain,” said McDermottAustralia didn’t get off to a great start and were reduced to 41-4 soon enough. McDermott said that it made the difference in not getting a big score as compared to the Brisbane game.advertisement”Three down in the powerplay as opposed to one the other day made the difference. We saw at the Gabba we were 1 for 38, which isn’t a massive powerplay, but we only lost one wicket, so I think that was the main talking point,” he said.”If we’re building a big total then we need to get those guys (Australian top-order) batting for longer periods of time. They’re some of the best batters in the world,” he added.McDermott put on a recovery partnership with Glenn Maxwell, albeit only worth 21 runs. He said contending with Kuldeep Yadav in the middle overs was tough but he is trying to get the hang of it.MATCH ABANDONED. Australia will take a 1-0 series lead into the T20 decider at the SCG on Sunday.The Aussies applaud the dedicated fans who have stayed around to watch in the rain tonight #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/m73AHjbgR8 cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 23, 2018″I just wanted to bat with Maxwell to start with and try to get him on strike as much as possible and I was struggling to do that early, which I wasn’t that pleased with.”Losing wickets throughout the whole innings was tough. But I was happy I could contribute and get us to when we came back out it was 90 off 11, which is actually pretty good for us,” he said.”We were picking him pretty well. I was struggling a bit early but started to pick him a bit better as my innings progressed, which is pretty normal. We just need to sharpen up on that and I think that’ll come with hopefully a nicer day and wicket (in Sydney),” he added.(With inputs from PTI)
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is likely to hold a meeting with Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and senior-most player Mithali Raj after the latter’s controversial exclusive from the Women’s World T20 semi-final vs England. The matter that was not well received by fans on social media completely blew out of proportion after Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta made unsavoury against Harmanpreet.India’s campaign at the Women’s World T20 came to a distasteful end as England strolled past them by eight wickets into the final against Australia. Australia, on Sunday, thrashed England by eight wickets to lift their fourth World T20 title.Mithali Raj might give her point of view in writing to BCCI GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karin, who is also in charge of women’s cricket, according to a top BCCI official.A senior BCCI official said on condition of anonymity, “It is understood that a meeting will be held soon here and CoA is likely to speak separately to Harmanpreet, Mithali, Ramesh (coach Ramesh Powar), manager Trupti Bhattacharya and tour selector Sudha Shah to understand what led to Mithali’s omission.”Also read – Women’s World T20: Mithali’s exclusion raises questions after India’s semi-final lossCoA chief Vinod Rai was also unhappy with the players’s agents making public comments about team selection.”The comments made by people who appear to be associated with the Indian women’s team have been viewed with concern. Such statements made in the media are totally uncalled for,” Rai told news agency PTI on Sunday.advertisementHis comment came after Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta labelled Harmanpreet as “manipulative, lying, cheat” on Twitter. She also tweeted there was politics behind Mithali’s omission even as her account ‘@annishasays’ was deleted later.Even Mithali’s personal coach came out and said that Mithali was “terribly disappointed” with being axed from the playing XI in the semi-final.”The BCCI has a hierarchy of officials specifically dedicated to the redressal of genuine grievances of players,” said Rai.”This is the appropriate mechanism that should be utilised. Issues that have been the cause for the performance of the Indian women’s team will be appropriately addressed.”However, he urged people associated with the women’s team to maintain restraint.”All players, the team management and persons associated with them must maintain decorum and follow the proper protocol,” Rai further said.It is learnt that issues like alleged bias in team selection will be looked into, considering that strained relations between Harmanpreet and Mithali is an open secret in the Indian cricket fraternity.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –
Chandigarh, Dec 2 (PTI) More Punjab ministers Sunday condemned Navjot Singh Sidhu over his jibe at Amarinder Singh demanding he apologise to the chief minister and “learn how to respect elders”, even as the former cricketer’s wife said his statement was being twisted and taken out of context. On Saturday, three ministers — Rural Development and Panchayat minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi — had called for Sidhu’s resignation from the state cabinet.On Sunday, state’s Women and Child Development and Transport Minister Aruna Chaudhary said Sidhu’s remark was “unforunate” and “uncalled for”. “What Navjot Singh Sidhu said about Capt Amarinder Singh is unfortunate. Such things should not have been said by him,” she said. Amarinder Singh was in the Army and served as a captain during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. Chaudhary said, “Capt Amarinder Singh is our undisputed leader. He is captain of the party in the state. He was chief ministerial candidate in the last assembly elections and under him the party returned to power with an overwhelming majority. At the same time, Rahul Gandhi is captain of entire Congress, no one is disputing this fact. But what Sidhu has said about captain sahib is unfortunate.”Two days back, Sidhu had mocked Amarinder Singh in Hyderabad when reporters asked him about going to Pakistan, to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor, despite his disapproval.”Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain (Amarinder Singh) also,” Sidhu had then said.advertisement Minister of Forests Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Sunday demanded Sidhu apologise to the chief minister. He also reminded him he was not running a comedy show. Sidhu had been a part of a popular TV comedy show aired in India.”It seems Sidhu sahib has forgotten that he is a minister. He should know he is not running a comedy show here. He must learn how to respect the elders and seek an apology from the chief minister,” Dharamsot said.Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa continued his attack on Sunday saying Sidhu’s tone and the body language towards the chief minister was not appropriate and demanded he apologise.Bajwa, along with Revenue and Rehabilitation minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, had Saturday said if Sidhu didn’t consider Amarinder Singh his captain he should quit the chief minister’s team.On Sunday, Bajwa said, “Sidhu sahib has said that Capt Amarinder Singh is not his captain, he said that he is Army’s captain. The tone and body language used by Sidhu towards the chief minister is not appropriate. It shows disrespect towards the CM. If Sidhu doubts Capt Amarinder’s leadership, his ability, then it becomes his moral duty to resign.””The speed at which he is going may cause an accident,” he said of Sidhu. “I want to request Sidhu that he apologise to the chief minister and matter will end.” Sources said the issue might come up during the state cabinet meeting on Monday.The row over the trip escalated in the state even as Sidhu backtracked on his claim that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was involved in his decision to attend the ceremony. “Get your facts right before you distort them, Rahul Gandhi Ji never asked me to go to Pakistan. The whole world knows I went to Pakistan on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s personal invite,” Sidhu had tweeted on Saturday. Sidhu’s wife and former BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Sunday said his heart is clean and his remarks was being twisted and taken out of context. “Navjot Sidhu’s heart is clean. He has not committed any mistake that he should resign. He has already said Capt sahib (Amarinder) is a father-figure to him. If outside Punjab, he said Rahul is the captain, what is wrong on that? He has not called (Narendra) Modi his captain. He is only calling Rahul his captain. And Capt Sahib’s (Amarinder’s) captain too is Rahul, isn’t it?,” asked Kaur. “Since Navjot and I joined the Congress, we always showed full respect towards Capt Sahib (Amarinder),” she said. Meanwhile, the BJP too took potshots at Sidhu, dubbing him a “man of U-turns”.”When Sidhu was in the BJP, he hailed the contribution of Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley. He used to ridicule (former PM) Manmohan Singh by terming him ‘Mouni Baba’. He is a man of U-turns. It seems his lust for power would end with accepting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as his Captain,” BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh said. “He should be sacked immediately.”advertisementUnion Minister and senior BJP leader from Punjab Vijay Sampla said Sidhu has “lost mental balance” and wants to remain in news with such remarks.The Kartarpur corridor will connect the shrine in Pakistan to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Gurdaspur and give visa-free access to Indian pilgrims.Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan had riled Amarinder Singh, who said he tried to dissuade Sidhu, following a grenade attack in Amritsar that left three people dead. PTI SUN VSD TIRTIR
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series devices have always been the talk of the town for smartphone buyers, with thousands of people looking to grab a share of the handset within a few days of its launch. The Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4 were extremely successful products, bringing Xiaomi to the forefront of the smartphone industry. Starting 2018, Xiaomi changed its strategy and brought two devices under the Redmi Note branding – the Note 5 and Note 5 Pro.While the Note 5 Pro has gone on to become one of the bestsellers in its segment, the standard Note 5 couldn’t enjoy a similar success and eventually started challenging some of Xiaomi’s other offerings in the portfolio. As a result, Xiaomi has taken the decision to axe the Redmi Note 5 from their lineup.The Redmi Note 5 has been selling alongside the Note 5 Pro for a while. The base version of the standard Note 5 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage retailed for Rs 9,999 while the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage sold around Rs 11,999. This was a no-bother for the handset until Xiaomi launched the Redmi Y2 in the same price bracket and later added the Redmi 6 Pro to that collection. The Redmi 6 Pro is essence is an improved version of the Redmi Note 5 with better dual rear camera setup and an edge-to-edge display with a notch.Since consumers were essentially getting the newer model for a similar price, the Redmi Note 5 had veered away from popularity in recent times. Hence, it made sense for the company to pull the plug on the handset, eventually focusing on the Redmi 6 Pro and the Redmi Y2 in that segment or now.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro uses the same Snapdragon 625 chipset as the Redmi Note 5 and is kept alive by a similar 4000mAh battery. The Redmi Pro sports a 5.8-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 – thank to the notch on top. It is presently running on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is awaiting an update to Android Pie as of now. The Redmi 6 Pro is available in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage costing Rs 10,999 and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs 12,999.ALSO READ | Apple will replace your old iPhone battery for Rs 2,000 until December 31
New Delhi, Dec 23 (PTI) The move to telecast live only select 30 matches in the second half of I-League has attracted widespread condemnation from club owners, who said a “concerted effort is on to kill” the league.The decision means that the number of games of the ongoing I-League to be broadcast live now will be 80 out of a total of 110 games. However, before the start of the season, Star Sports said they will telecast live all the 110 matches. A total of 61 matches still remain from December 29 till the end of the league in March. Reigning champions Minerva Punjab FC, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Real Kasmir FC and Chennai City FC are some of the clubs to have raised concerns over live coverage of the games. As per the list of games to be telecast live in the second half of the league, Minerva Punjab FC are the worst affected. While Star Sports is the telecast partners of I-League, the production rights are with FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited), one of the wings of IMG-Reliance, the commercial partners of All India Football Federation (AIFF) and promoter of Indian Super League (ISL). Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj was scathing in his attack on the broadcasters and FSDL. “There is a concerted effort to destroy the I-League. The time has come for all of us to protest unitedly and, if needed, approach the court,” Bajaj told PTI. Rohit Ramesh, owner of league leaders Chennai City FC, was also vocal while expressing his disappointment.advertisement “My point is if you want to kill the I-League, then kill it in style, instead of doing all this. See if I have nothing against ISL but at least give I-League its due,” Ramesh said. A reliable source close to the AIFF claims,”They said verbally that all the matches will be telecast live, but there was no official confirmation, though.” People connected to the I-League say it is no secret that the ISL feel threatened by I-League’s popularity and the traction it gets. Flavour of the season, Real Kashmir FC, lying second in the peking order after a fine start in only their maiden season in top-flight, hoped the issue will be sorted. “I hope that all matches will be telecast live as was decided earlier. The organisers, AIFF, have been playing a wonderful role in encouraging all teams of I-League,” Real Kashmir FC co-owner Sandeep Chattoo said. “For us at RKFC, our fans back at home have been following the matches on television sets and Internet and I hope their enthusiasm will not be dampened by this decision.” Real Kashmir FC are the first club from the valley to play in India’s top domestic football league. Chattoo added, “We hope that all people will put their act together and score a goal in ensuring that I-League leaves an indelible mark on the country’s football fans.” Even traditional heavyweights Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have came in support of these clubs, saying they should be united in this fight while urging the AIFF to do its best to protect the I-League. Underminig the I-League is not acceptable at any cost, the two giants of Indian club football said, whose face-offs attract some of the biggest turnouts. With most of his team’s games missing out on live telecast, Bajaj also hit out at the move in a series of tweets. “Today I am feeling so helpless and sad that the top football league of the country has just been killed off by the rich guys. “Point is, why bid if you are not going to telecast matches? This is nothing but a cheap tactic to kill I league. Why don’t all I league clubs combine and protest or boycott the league? I’m furious. “We have more combined attendances than ISL even though we start our matches at 2 pm,” the Minerva Punjab owner tweeted. PTI AH ATAT
Vijayanagara (Karnataka), Dec 27 (PTI) The national women’s boxing championships will be held here from December 31 to January 6 and will double up as a selection trial for the camp that will follow. The tournament will be held at the JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sports, which was recently inaugurated by Olympic gold-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra. This will be the first time that a national federation will be hosting a national championship at the privately-run institute, that was formally launched on August 15 this year. The Boxing Federation of India also hosted a pre-Asian Games conditioning camp for its men’s and women’s teams here. The championship will feature more the 300 of the nation’s best female boxers, aged between 19 and 40, across 10 weight categories. Highlighting the importance of the nationals, Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh said, “As a Federation when we took charge in 2016, our vision was to first restore the lost glory of Indian boxing and work towards making India, a boxing powerhouse. The girls have paved the way for us and very soon you will see some more defining moments in Indian boxing.” The elite nationals will kick-off Sunday, December 30, with the draw ceremony followed by the competition commencing on the December 31. PTI PM PM
Team India were in for a special surprise as they reached the Oval Bay stadium in Mount Maunganui on Friday.Ahead of the second ODI against New Zealand, the whole Indian squad along with the head coach Ravi Shastri and the support staff were greeted by members of the Maori community, who welcomed Virat Kohli and his boys in a traditional ceremony.The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand who originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia and arrived in the country in several waves of canoe voyages between 1250 and 1300.#TeamIndia received a traditional welcome at the Oval Bay from the Maori community.Full video coming up soon on https://t.co/CPALMGgLOj pic.twitter.com/FEbSuwHEZ8BCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2019Kohli’s team is riding high on confidence after a convincing win over the hosts in the first ODI in Napier on Tuesday.The focus now shifts to the second ODI which will be played at the Oval Bay on January 26 (Saturday).Hello and welcome to the Bay Oval. Our venue for 2nd and 3rd ODI against New Zealand #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/14GaPNjvZ0BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 2019India beat New Zealand in an ODI in New Zealand for the first time since 2009 after Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball in the first match.Set only 158 to win, India raced to vcitory with 14.1 overs and 8 wickets to spare. Rohit Sharma fell cheaply in a modest chase but Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan ensured India went 1-0 up in the series without much fuss.advertisementIndia’s last win had come in Hamilton way back in 2009 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019, India played New Zealand in New Zealand in six ODIs and lost five of those. One was tied.Meanwhile, there is more good news in story for the team as all-rounder Hardik Pandya will soon fly out to New Zealand to join the squad for the ongoing ODIs and the T20I series.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended for their sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan and sent back home from Australia. However, the suspension on both players has been lifted pending the appointment of an ombudsman.”Hardik Pandya will be sent to New Zealand to join the team at the earliest and KL Rahul will join the India A squad to play the last 3 one-day games against England Lions,” a BCCI media release stated on Thursday.India however, will be missing the services of captain Kohli as he has been rested for the final two ODIs and the subsequent T20Is. Rohit Sharma will lead India in Kohli’s absence and no replacement has been named.Kohli had last been rested for the Asia Cup following India’s tour of Ireland and England where he had played all five T20Is, all three ODIs and the entire five-Test series where he scored 593 runs.
India (245/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). ScorecardIndia made light work of the 244-run chase and registered a comfortable 7-wicket win to bag the five-match series with an unbeatable 3-0 lead against New Zealand on Monday.The win made Kohli the first Indian captain to win back-to-back ODI series in Australia and New Zealand.It was yet another cakewalk for the star-studded Indian batting lineup after the bowlers put in a outstanding performance to bowl New Zealand out for 243 in 49 overs after losing the toss.Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli then stitched together a 113-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the foundation for the run chase.The vice-captain top-scored with 62 while the skipper scored 60 before Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik took India over the line with an unbeaten 77-run stand for the third wicket. Rayudu remained unbeaten on 40 while Karthik scored 38 not out.Finishing touches courtesy @DineshKarthik & @RayuduAmbati after half centuries from @ImRo45 & @imVkohli takes #TeamIndia to a 7-wicket win in the 3rd ODI. 3-0 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XGTwOHmetMBCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019The match was nicely set up for the Indian team by the bowlers led by Mohammed Shami, who finished with 3 wickets for 41 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged a couple of wickets each.Shami was adjudged man-of-the-match for his bowling performance. He had skipper Kohli for company as his translator at the presentation but he didn’t need any help as it turns out.advertisementThe Bengal pacer, who had won the award in the first game as well, needed Kohli’s help in Napier where he answered the questions in Hindi which the Indian captain translated in English for the viewers.But this time Shami decided to go for it and gave it his best shot. “It’s really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard. Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key,” Shami said.Innings Break!New Zealand all out for 243 in 49 overs (Shami 3/41, Hardik 2/45)The dinner break has been reduced to 30 minutes for today’s gameScorecard – https://t.co/0SXKeJvZSs #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/lukAdaoZwcBCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull, who was conducting the presentation ceremony, was so impressed with Shami’s effort that he complimented him in Hindi after the interview.”Your English bahut acha, congratulations,” Doull told Shami as Kohli burst out laughing.The win was Kohli’s 47th as ODI captain which is the second most for a skipper after 63 matches. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and ex-Australia skipper Ricky Ponting are ahead with 50 wins.”Amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me.”We really enjoy ourselves and even at the end when Rayudu and Karthik were batting, we were sitting in the change room and cheering for every run. That’s how the environment in the dressing room is. The guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field,” Kohli said at the presentation.The 30-year-old will now take a break from international cricket after he was rested for the final two ODIs of this series. Rohit will lead the side in Kohli’s absence.”Hopefully we can win the last 2 games. I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been a very hectic Australian tour and now I go on a break very happy 3-0 up sealing the series. I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how the game goes,” Kohli added.Also Read | I can enjoy my break now: Virat Kohli after India win ODI series vs New ZealandAlso Read | Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni’s record for most ODI sixes for IndiaAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli hits 100th 50-plus score in List A cricketAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, 3rd ODI
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says David de Gea has the strength of character to rebound from a slew of mistakes in recent weeks and has no intention of dropping the goalkeeper for the final two games of the season.The Spaniard’s latest error came in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea. United had gone ahead through Juan Mata but Chelsea equalised when De Gea weakly parried Antonio Rudiger’s effort into the path of Marcos Alonso, who tucked the ball in.De Gea has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes in recent games but Solskjaer says the goalkeeper cannot take the blame for the team’s struggles.”I don’t have any worries about him, because he’s a strong character,” Solskjaer told British media. “He knows he could have had that shot, but that’s football.”The result leaves United sixth in the league on 65 points and dented their hopes of securing a top-four finish. They sit three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games left.”With David, he’s been in the spotlight for right reasons for so long and now he’s going through a period where he feels he could have done better,” Solskjaer added.”But there’s no chance any of us will point fingers because he’s saved us so many times. I’ll speak to David, as I’ve done when he’s played well… he’s not the reason we’re sixth.”United’s last two games of the season are against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.Also Read | Sergio Aguero strikes as nervous Manchester City hold firm for win at BurnleyAlso Read | Arsenal’s top-four hopes hit after 3-0 defeat to Leicester CityAlso See:advertisement
For all talks of his gritty knocks as an opener and his brilliant man-management skills, what many forget is how useful a left-arm spinner current India coach Ravi Shastri was in his playing days. With 151 wickets in Test cricket and 129 wickets in ODIs, Shastri definitely knew a thing or two about spinning a web over opposition batsmen. And on Friday, it was none other than MS Dhoni who was seen having a long chat with the coach on playing spinners.Walking up to Shastri after a longish session at the nets on a day when the Men in Blue opted for an optional training session, Dhoni was understood to be discussing playing spin bowlers as Shastri could be seen turning his wrists to explain the revolutions that a spinner gives to the seam as also the rip which helps in getting them drift in the air.Even as Shastri was seen moving his wrist and fingers to explain the movements, Dhoni could be seen listening to the former India all-rounder with utmost attention. The chat lasted for close to 20 minutes before Dhoni walked off to check the pitch as Shastri made his way to the dressing room at the Headingley Cricket Ground.The legendary Sachin Tendulkar had recently brought up the point of Dhoni struggling in the middle overs – especially when the slower bowlers are on – and had questioned his performance in the game against Afghanistan.”Dhoni is a senior player and should show positive intent. Afghanistan’s bowling is good but you can’t score only 119 runs in 34 overs. He did not show any positive intent against Afghanistan. Dhoni has the ability to hit but yesterday his strike rotation was not good. He faced too many dot balls and this hampered a strong finish for India. The intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen,” he had said.advertisementFormer India player turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar had recently brought out a stat about how playing spin has been an issue with Dhoni. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Here’s something interesting about Dhoni -. 41 off 87 balls v spin this WC. But in the warm up games 69 off 56 balls v spin. That tells me it’s mental too. He does not put his wicket on the line as much in the big games (sic).”But Manjrekar had also mentioned in his interview with IANS that the Indian team needed to look beyond Dhoni when it came to winning matches.”India should be looking at others, and not just Dhoni, to win them matches. I love Dhoni best when he bats like he did in the warm-up games where he scored 30 off 30 balls and then the late flourish came.”The team management should tell him to keep up with a run-a-ball kind of start and then see how it goes. If it is 12/2, then I can understand that Dhoni’s experience comes in. But once he is in at around 22-25 overs, that should be the endeavour,” he had pointed.Also Read | Don’t know when I will retire: MS Dhoni clears the air on speculationAlso See:
Now could be the right time to buy a Xiaomi phone, or a Xiaomi Mi Band, if you are thinking of buying one. This is because Xiaomi has kicked off Mi Days and Mi Super Sale on Amazon, Flipkart and its own Mi online store. The Mi Days and the Mi Super Sale is already underway, as it started on July 5, and you have time till July 9 to make use of discounts that Xiaomi is offering on phones like the Redmi 6A, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Poco F1.Mi Days and Mi Super Sale on Amazon, Flipkart, and Mi.com offer a number of top deals and discounts on the Xiaomi smartphones. Some of the discounts that you can avail on Xiaomi’s popular smartphones are — Redmi 6A at Rs 5,999, Redmi Note 5 Pro at Rs 11,498, Poco F1 at Rs 18,300.The price of a particular smartphone could be different on Amazon and Flipkart depending on the colour variant you choose.Just to make it easier for you, here is a quick look at the top discounts in the Mi Days and Mi Super Sale:– One good deal is Redmi 6A variant that comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It can be purchased for Rs 6,199, which is Rs 300 less than its usual price of Rs 6,499. This offer is available on Mi.com and Amazon.– The Redmi Note 5 Pro, which comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, is selling at a rather nice price of Rs 11,999. This is after Rs 2,000 discount considering the usual price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is Ts 13,999. You can avail this offer on Amazon, Mi.com and Flipkart.advertisement– As part of Mi Days and Mi Super Sale, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S can be bought at a price of Rs 11,285. There is also additional exchange discount of Rs 1,000 for this phone on Mi.com and Flipkart. Similarly, Xiaomi Redmi Y3 priced at Rs 9,999, is also getting an additional exchange discount of Rs 1,000 on Mi.com and Amazon.– Xiaomi Poco F1, a phone with Snapdragon 845 chipset, is available with an exchange discount of Rs 3,000 on both Mi.com and Flipkart.– Xiaomi Mi A2 is available with additional exchange discount of up to Rs 2,000 on Amazon, Mi.com.– Other than phones, Xiaomi is giving decent deals and discounts on Mi Sports (Bluetooth Wireless Earphone), Mi TV Soundbar, Mi Band 3, Mi Band HRX, Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb etc. All the three e-retailers: Amazon, Flipkart, and Mi.com are also providing some banking offers which you can use to buy Xiaomi smartphones.ALSO READ | Redmi 7A vs Redmi 6A: New budget phone from Xiaomi gets big upgrade but price remains sameALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 7A comes for Rs 5,999 in India but you can get it for lower price in July: All details hereALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 to launch in 2019 with camera better than Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor
THE CITY COUNCIL WILL AGAIN CONSIDER VOTING MONDAY ON WHO WILL MANAGE THE SIOUX CITY’S EVENTS FACILITIES.THE COUNCIL DEFERRED VOTING ON THE ISSUE LAST WEEK TO GIVE THE PUBLIC EXTRA TIME TO WEIGH IN ON THE MATTER.AT ISSUE IS WHETHER OR NOT TO KEEP THE CITY IN CHARGE OF MANAGING THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER, ORPHEUM THEATER AND CONVENTION CENTER, OR TO HIRE SPECTRA, THE PHILADELPHIA BASED PRIVATE ARENA MANAGEMENT COMPANY, TO RUN THE FACILITIES.THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEES IF SPECTRA TAKES OVER MANAGEMENT OF THE FACILITIES.SPECTRA SAYS THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SAVE THE CITY $250-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN COSTS DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR OF OPERATING THE VENUES.MAYOR BOB SCOTT WILL NOT VOTE ON THE PROPOSAL, AS HE IS MANAGING OWNER OF THE SIOUX CITY BANDITS THAT PLAYS THEIR GAMES AT THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER.