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IPL 2022 mega auction: BCCI may shift venue due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are faced with a fresh hurdle in organising the mega auction for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season. The rising COVID-19 cases in India along with fresh restrictions imposed by the Karnataka government mean that Bengaluru as the venue for the IPL 2022 mega auction is still under the scanner.

The BCCI may have to shift the mega auction if they can’t secure a venue which adheres to all COVID-19 guidelines in Bengaluru. As a result, the dates of the auction might also need to change. On Tuesday (January 4), the BCCI postponed all domestic competitions including the Ranji Trophy.

While the BCCI earmarked February 12 and 13 for auctions in Bengaluru, the Indian board is yet to book hotels. According to InsideSport website, the two hotels BCCI were looking at have asked the board to wait for a few days as the Karnataka government is due to issue fresh COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions are expected to include a cap on gatherings preventing BCCI to host the auctions.

“Some things are out of our hands and we must wait. Bookings and stuff will not be an issue if we have an idea about the restrictions. We are closely monitoring the situation and are in talks with the state associations. If we need to move the venue, it can be done on short notice,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport website.

Currently, Sheraton Grand in Whitefield, Bengaluru, is booked for Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2022). The other hotels left are waiting cautiously on fresh curbs. With fresh restrictions the Karnataka government is going to impose by Thursday (January 6), it could jeopardise the auction.

The BCCI had already kept Kolkata, Kochi and Mumbai on standby due to COVID-19. However, all three cities are currently witnessing a case surge while Kolkata, Mumbai and Kochi all have imposed fresh restrictions. It is also possible that the Indian board will have to change the dates to conduct the two-day auctions from February 12 and 13.

AB de Villiers says he has ‘role to play in SA cricket and RCB’

He isn’t sure what future holds in store for him but former South Africa captain AB de Villiers is confident that he will have a role to play in national team and his IPL franchise Royal Challenger Bangalore’s future set-up. One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batters, De Villiers had retired from all forms of game in November last year, putting an end to his glorious 17-year career in top-flight.

“I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and also over there in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),” he was quoted as saying by Times LIVE.

Besides a staggering 20,017 international runs across all formats under his belt, De Villiers also holds the record for fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs. He has also played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs. “I have no idea what will come next but I will take it one day at a time and see,” he added.

The 37-year-old De Villiers, who has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20s for South Africa, said he has been ‘looking after and mentoring some youngsters with potential and ability for the last few years’.

“No one knows about it and hopefully I can look back one day in the future knowing that I have made a big difference in the lives of a few players. That is my focus for now and I don’t know if it’s going to be professional or on a casual basis, but we will see where we go with that.”

De Villiers, who had announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018, opened up about the personal challenges that he faced in the last couple of years with the COVID-19 pandemic also taking a toll.

“Having to go to the IPL twice last year where we had to deal with a lot of travelling restrictions, COVID-19 testing, missed and cancelled flights, and having to organise school for the kids was very challenging,” he said.

“I decided over the past few years that I am not going to travel without my kids any more and the split IPL really made it very complicated. Probably the biggest challenge was to stay sane, motivated and keeping the energy. I also picked up COVID-19 at some stage and I was really sick for 10 to 12 days and luckily I got through it. Those were the challenges and there were basic stresses of life with the pandemic floating around.”

The IPL was suspended in 2020 after multiple COVID cases were detected inside the bio-bubble in India. It was completed later in the year after being shifted to the UAE.

“By a long way, the travelling arrangements and the IPL have been the biggest challenge this year and finding that energy to still want to be the best in the world was difficult,” De Villiers said.

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J&K govt orders transfers, postings in civil administration

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The J&K government on Thursday ordered transfers and postings in the civil administration.

As per an order issued to this effect by the General Administration Department, Syed Yasir Farooq, Assistant Commissioner

Revenue, Anantnag, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Home Department.

Ms Shavi, Deputy District Election Officer, Udhampur is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Handlooms, Jammu, against an available vacancy while Mohd Idrees, Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, District Employment and Counselling Centre, Doda, against an available vacancy.

Towfeeq Ahmad Gazi, BDO, Lar, Ganderbal, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Beerwah, against an available vacancy and shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar, Beerwah, till further orders.

Sanjeev Sharma, Field Officer in the Directorate of Rural Sanitation, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Health and Medical Education Department.

Sunaina Saini, DPO, Udhampur, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Hospitality and Protocol (Stores), relieving Ashima Sher of the additional charge of the post. Peerzada Farhat Ahmad, DSWO, Anantnag, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Pulwama, against an available vacancy.

Arun Kumar Badyal, BDO, Mughal Maidan, Kishtwar is transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gandoh, relieving Mr Mohd. Ashfaq, Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Doda of the additional charge of the post. He shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar Gandoh, till further orders.

Syed Nadeem Iqbal Andrabi, BDO, Dadsara, Pulwama is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Rural Sanitation, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Akhil Sadotra, BDO, Marh, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Akhnoor against an available vacancy. He shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar, Akhnoor, till further orders.

Mumtaz Ahmad Pir, BDO, Tujjar Sharief, Baramulla has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Baramulla and shall take over the charge of the post on the retirement of Rafiq Ahmad Lone on January 31 this year.

Reyaz Ahmad Shah, BDO, Pulwama, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Anantnag, vice Nissar Ahmad Malik, who shall report to the General Administration Department for further posting.

Piyush Dhotra, DPO, Kathua, has been transferred and posted as General Manager, JKRTC, Jammu against an available vacancy.

Tariq Ahmad Reshi, BDO Chrar-i-Sharief, Budgam has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Sopore, relieving Parvez Sajad Ganai Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sopore of the additional charge of the post.

Suheel Ahmad Lone, BDO, Pampore has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Pulwama.

Shoaib Noor, BDO, Nowgam, Bandipore, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Anantnag.

Shakoor Ahmad Dar, BDO Keller (Shopian) has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Health and Medical Education Department.

Anshumali Sharma, DPO, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as General Manager, Medical Supplies Corporation, Jammu, against an available vacancy.

Shabir Ahmad Hakak, State Taxes Officer, Circle F, Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Budgam.

Syed Farooq Ahmad, BDO, Awantipore, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Srinagar, against an available vacancy.

Bashir Ahmad Padder, State Taxes Officer, Budgam has been transferred and posted as General Manager, JKTDC, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Vishal Singh Parihar, Tehsildar, Khour, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Vijaypur, relieving Vinay Kumar, JKAS, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Vijaypur of the additional charge of the post.

Bashir Ahmad Bhat, BDO, Aloosa, Bandipore has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Ganderbal against an available vacancy.

Afroza Bano, BDO, Budgam, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Ganderbal.

Maxiumn Gorkie, Assistant Director, Employment, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Rural Sanitation, Jammu.

Umesh Shan, AD Tourism, NH Batote, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Reasi, against an available vacancy.

Bashir Ul Hassan, BDO, Qazigund, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Kulgam.

Phulail Singh, BDO, Bhalla, Doda, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda.

Arshad Ahmad Khan, BDO Noorkhah, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Handwara relieving Nazir Ahmad Mir, JKAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Handwara of the additional charge of the post.

Vishav Partap Singh, BDO, Bhomag, Reasi, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department.

Tanveer Ahmed Tanveer, State Taxes Officer, Kupwara, has been transferred and posted as Sub Registrar, Anantnag.

Ranjeet Singh, Deputy Registrar, Cooperatives, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Udhampur against an available vacancy.

Akshaya Rajan, Tehsildar Marheen, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Motor Garages, J&K.

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Dr Jitendra hosts lunch for J&K Republic Day Tableau team

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh hosted a lunch for the Jammu & Kashmir Tableau team members who had performed in the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in the national capital.
 
The team of artists, along with choreographers and musicians, have also been given an appointment to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
 
The members of the team expressed their overwhelming joy at the support and encouragement offered by Dr Jitendra Singh and also the hospitality was given by him. They said, this was the first-of-its-kind experience they had gone through and they were absolutely excited about it.
 
Pertinent to mention that, unlike on several earlier occasions, this was a rare Republic Day function at Rajpath, New Delhi in which the Jammu & Kashmir Tableau was primarily dominated by culture and art of the Jammu region and the face of the Tableau displayed Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan along with other monumental projects like world’s highest Rail Bridge in Reasi and institutions like AIIMS, IIT and IIM, which have come up in the region during the recent years under the Modi Government. The background music and lyrics were also based on Jammu’s popular folk songs, “Sadha-e-Jammu”, “Sadhi Bakhri Pehchan”.
 
Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in the last nearly eight years, a conscious effort has been made to provide equitable development and equitable attention to every region of Jammu & Kashmir. This has ignited confidence and self-esteem in every section of society and every region, he said.
 
Complimenting the members of the team for their distinguished performance, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he would like the people back home to understand the amount of effort, hard work and focussed preparation for several months, which had been put in for this performance. He also appreciated the perseverance and difficult competitive trial through which the team members had gone through forgetting their Tableau included in the Republic Day programme at the national level.
 
Dr Jitendra Singh said, very few people are aware that entry of any State or UT Tableau in a Republic Day programme at the national level has to go through different stages of competition and trial, and many States and UTs get excluded in the process and lose the opportunity to be included in the Republic Day programme. For this, he also complimented the hard work put in by the officials of the Department of Culture and consistent support rendered to them by the freelance groups engaged by them.
 
Dr Jitendra Singh had a detailed interaction with each of the members of the team individually and said they were the Cultural Ambassadors of the region. He assured each one of them of every possible support for the upgradation of their skill and performance.
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Seven fresh COVID deaths, 4,959 new cases in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded a single-day spike of 4959 new COVID-19 cases- 3565 in Kashmir and 1394 in Jammu-even as six new deaths were reported in Kashmir and one in the Jammu division in the last 24 hours.

The case tally has risen to 419731 while the death toll jumped to 4,642-2,377 in Kashmir and 2,265 in Jammu, officials said.

A total of 368432 patients have recovered from the disease so far including the 6264 in the last 24 hours.

Active cases stand at 46,657-11,591 in Jammu and 35,066 in Kashmir.

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