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Bangalore, Dec 12 (IANS) Arch rivals India and Pakistan will clash in the T20 World Cup for the sightless Thursday as both teams cruised through semi-finals Wednesday, beating Sri Lanka and England respectively at the Central College ground here.
India piled up 318 runs for eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs and restricted the Lankans to 195 for six wickets in their 20 overs to storm into the final by 123 runs.
In the other semi-final, Pakistan surpassed the modest target (182) by hitting 184 for loss of one wicket in just 12.2 overs after restricting England to 181 runs for nine wickets in their 20 overs.
Opting to bat first after captain Shekar Naik won the toss, India made a breezy start posting 78 runs in the first three overs as vice-captain Ajay Kumar Reddy (partially blind) carried his brilliant form to hit 134 off 55 balls, while Ketan Patel (totally blind) and Ganesh Bushara (partially blind) contributed valuable runs to make 54 in 31 balls and 59 not out in 25 balls.
Though in-form Prakash Jayaramaiah (partial vision) was out plumb while attempting an outlandish drive after posting 27 in eight balls with flurry of shots, the Indian batsmen accelerated the run rate, thanks to sloppy fielding and dropped catches in the outfield by the beleaguered Sri Lankans.
Chasing an imposing target of 319 runs, the Sri Lankans made a hash of their batting by losing wickets regularly and trailing behind in the run rate even in the slog overs.
Deshapriya (partial vision) waged a lonely battle for the Sri Lankans with an unbeaten 111 off 63 balls.
Reddy was adjudged man of the match for his century and two wickets for 23 runs.
Legendary former Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who flew in to watch his team face off against the Indians said, blind cricket was a treat to watch the high commitment levels of the players, which is even more than that of many regular cricket players.
In the other exciting semis, England messed up its campaign and were outplayed by a surcharged Pakistan, whose in-form Mohammad Akram (partial vision) hammered 103 not out in 42 balls to reach the target in the 13th over, as he was ably assisted by Aamir Ishfaq (totally blind) with 36 not out in 22 balls and Aleem Murtaza (partially blind) scoring 29 in nine balls.
Pakistan won the semis by nine wickets.
Akram was declared man of the match.
Emotions ran high in a surcharged atmosphere in anticipation of an Indo-Pak final Thursday.
While the Pakistan contingent, fresh from emphatic win over England in the other semis, rent the ground with cries of “Pakistan Zindabad”, Indian fans responded with frenzy catch phrases “Jeetega bhai Jeetega, World Cup Jeetega!”
With both India and Pakistan in nick en route to the title clash, the stage is set for a cracker of a contest in the finale.
The players are classified into three categories – totally blind as B1, partially blind as B2 and with partial vision B3. Each team of 11 members comprises four blind (B1), three partially blind (B2) and four with partial vision (B3). The wicketkeeper is a B3 player.
Interestingly, for every run scored by the blind, one more is added. As a result, a hit to the boundary will be counted as eight and a sixer as 12.
Bangalore, Dec 12 (IANS) Over 7,000 tickets for the first India-Pakistan T20 tie at Chinnaswamy stadium here Dec 25 will be sold online from Thursday, former Test cricketer and Karnataka State Cricket Stadium (KSCA) secretary Javagal Srinath said.
Maximum tickets for public – 7,187 – will be sold online at www.bookmyshow.com for stands across the stadium at different fares, while 5,500 tickets for gallery stands, priced at Rs.250, will be sold Dec 21 through counters at the stadium,” Srinath told reporters.
Online tickets are priced between Rs.1,600-15,000, with those for corporates priced at Rs.12,500 and executive lounges at Rs.6,000, and terrace seats at Rs.9,000.
Though the stadium in the city centre facing the famous Cubbon Park boasts of 35,533-seat capacity, only 12,687 seats are available to the general public, as the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has to provide the remaining seats to various associations, clubs, boards and VIPs.
“Of the total seats, 2,800 are reserved for KSCA members, 3,600 for cricket clubs, 3,400 for other cricket associations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) 2,673, corporates 3,705, complimentary tickets 6,168 and the remaining for our staff and officials,” Srinath said.
Tickets for about 500 fans from Pakistan will be issued through the PCB.
Police will provide security. “As per the guidelines, the stadium will be handed over to the city police for sanitising and making fool-proof security arrangements…movement of fans will be regulated and restricted,” KSCA president and former ace leggie Anil Kumble said.
The match between the arch rivals will be played in the night from 7 p.m. onwards on Christmas day.
A four-member Pakistan official team visited Bangalore Dec 3 to inspect security and other arrangements being made for their team and their fans in the city.
About 500 Pakistani fans have been given visa to witness the two T20 matches and three one-dayers between the two countries. In addition, high profile persons, including former Pakistan players, will also be visiting India as PCB guests to watch the matches.
The second T20 will be played at Ahmedabad in Gujarat Dec 27 and the three one-dayers in Chennai Dec 30, Kolkata Jan 3 and New Delhi Jan 6.
Belgaum (Karnataka), Dec 12 (IANS) The ruling BJP in Karnataka Wednesday put off action against 14 assembly and seven legislative council members for backing the new outfit, Karnataka Janata Party, floated by the party’s former leader B.S. Yeddyurappa.
The state unit leaders Wednesday decided to write to the party’s central leadership “in a day or two” on what action could and need to be taken against the rebels to prove that the Bharatiya Janata Party would not tolerate indiscipline.
These rebels had shared the dais with Yeddyurappa when he formally launched the Karnataka Janata Party at a public meeting in Haveri, about 70 km from here, on Sunday.
Yeddyurappa quit the BJP and the state assembly Nov 30.
The decision to put off action was taken after repeated assertions were made earlier by state BJP leaders that on Wednesday a decision would be taken about the “strong action” to be initiated against the rebels, even if it meant the fall of the Jagadish Shettar government.
“We discussed the issue and will write to our central leadership either today or tomorrow,” state BJP chief K.S. Eshwarappa told reporters in this north Karnataka town, after attending a meeting of senior leaders of the party.
Belgaum is about 500 km from Bangalore. The winter session of the state legislature is currently on in this city.
Besides Eshwarappa, others at the meeting included Shettar, Home Minister R. Ashoka and former chief minister D.V. Sadanada Gowda.
Asked why a clear decision was not taken at the meeting, despite earlier warnings, Eshwarappa said the BJP was a national party, and the approval of the central leadership was necessary in such matters.
He said the party’s parliamentary board would meet in New Delhi in a day or two to take the final decision in this regard.
Meanwhile, there is speculation that the party is biding time until balloting concludes in the Gujarat assembly elections Dec 17.
Action against the Karnataka rebels ahead of polling in that state could damage the party’s electoral prospects in Gujarat, it is feared.
Including the 14 rebels, the BJP has 118 members in the 225-member assembly.
Some of the rebels have threatened that if action is taken against them, they would resign and thus reduce the Shettar government to a minority.
The Shettar ministry has less than six months left in office. The assembly elections in the state are due in May 2013.
Belgaum (Karnataka), Dec 10 (IANS) Karnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Monday dared its former leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to topple the Jagadish Shettar government, a day after he challenged the chief minister to prove his majority or quit.
“If he has courage, let him ask legislators supporting him to quit or join opposition parties and bring a no-trust vote,” state BJP chief K.S. Eshwarappa told reporters here.
Shettar too said he was ready to prove the majority if a no-confidence motion is moved in the assembly, which is meeting in this north Karnataka town, about 500 km from Bangalore.
Yeddyurappa had Sunday challenged Shettar to prove majority as 13 to 15 BJP assembly members out of 118 in the 225-member assembly had shared the dais with him at a function to formally launch his Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
Both Shettar and Eshwarappa, who is also deputy chief minister, ruled out resignation of the ministry or early dissolution of the assembly in view of these party legislators associating with Yeddyurappa.
The chief minister maintained that he has the numbers with him and hence there was no need to quit.
The opposition Congress and Janata Dal-Secular parties said they have no plans to move a no-trust motion against the Shettar government.
“This government will fall on its own. Why should we move a no-confidence motion,” Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara told reporters here.
However, the Congress demanded in the assembly Shettar’s resignation, saying he had “no moral right” to continue in view of Sunday’s development in his party.
On what action the BJP planned against the rebel legislators, Shettar said the party would take a decision on Wednesday.
Bangalore, Dec 10 (IANS) A research paper by an Indian physicist has for the first time cast doubts on some of the fundamental hypotheses of the standard Big Bang model for the origin of the universe.
Abhas Mitra is working in the Astrophysics Sciences Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai. His paper that raises several questions for mainstream cosmologists was published earlier this month in the online issue of “Scientific Reports”, a new peer-reviewed journal of the prestigious Nature Publishing Group.
The Big Bang model claims that the universe suddenly erupted out of nothingness in an infinitely powerful explosion some 13.7 billion years ago. Mitra’s paper raises doubts over physical realization of the key concepts like ‘Dark Energy and ‘Cosmic Inflation’ that are the hallmarks of mainstream cosmology.
In his paper, Mitra argues that that Cosmological Constant, which is the fundamental ingredient behind such concepts like Dark Energy and Cosmic Inflation, should actually be non-existent or zero and cannot have a finite value as believed now.
Modern Big Bang cosmology has in its foundation a feature called “inflation”. As per this inflationary Big Bang theory, the universe went through a momentary phase of an exponential expansion almost immediately after its birth. It was hypothesized that the new-born universe developed a positive Cosmological Constant – representing a fairly large repulsive vacuum energy – that gave rise to this runaway expansion. Further, from 1998 onwards, the mainstream cosmology believes that the universe is undergoing an “accelerated” expansion – the extra push coming from a “repulsive” Cosmological Constant that is termed Dark Energy.
Historically, such an exponential expansion is known as a “de-Sitter phase” named after the famous Dutch physicist Williem de-Sitter (1872-1934). But the supposed de-Sitter expansion or inflation has a “very perplexing” aspect, says Mitra.
“While some observers do perceive the explosion, there are other observers who do not at all see the explosion. On the other hand, in physics, and in Einstein’s General Relativity, a genuine physical effect must be perceived by all,” Mitrra told IANS.
The bottom line of Mitra’s highly mathematical paper is that a quantity called “Expansion Scalar” must objectively decide whether there is any genuine expansion or not. “However, the fact that the de-Sitter phase appears at a standstill to some observers means that this is inherently zero, and which in turn implies that Gravitational Constant is actually zero,” Mitra said.
Therefore, according to the BARC physicist, the de-Sitter explosion picture obtained by assuming a finite Gravitational Constant is only a “mathematical mirage”.
Mitra argues that, accordingly, the Dark Energy and apparent acceleration of the cosmos too could be “fictitious” as these concepts were introduced to explain “a complex inhomogeneous universe in terms of an over-simplified Big Bang model.”
Interestingly, he says that the so-called “String Theory”, which purports to unify fundamental interactions like electromagnetic and nuclear forces with gravity, also invokes an attractive (instead of repulsive) “anti-de-Sitter” feature that is “basically a profound conjecture”.
“I am especially happy that this work has fundamental importance in not only in cosmology but also in physics,” Mitra said. His 2009 paper published in the Journal of Mathematical Physics claimed to have proven that the mathematical Black Holes have zero mass, implying that the “Black Hole Candidates” observed by astronomers must be quasi-Black Holes rather than true Black Holes.
(K.S. Jayaraman can be contacted at email@example.com)
Bangalore, Dec 9 (IANS) Even as Indian regulars reeled under a humiliating defeat from England in the Kolkata Test, their visually challenged counterparts crushed Bangladesh Sunday by 10 wickets in a league tie of the T20 World Cup for blind here.
The charged-up Indian team took just 11 balls (1.5 overs) to reach the low target of 58 runs for no loss after Bangladesh collapsed at 57 for nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs at the Central College grounds in the city centre.
As the Indian bowlers ran through the Bangladeshi team to its lowest ever total in the tournament, their batters did not have enough runs on the board to chase or demonstrate their prowess in the middle in the one-sided match.
Indian vice-captain Ajay Kumar Reddy (partially blind) was declared man of the match for scalping four wickets in four overs for eight runs.
In another match at the same ground, Australia thrashed South Africa by eight wickets after restricting the Proteas to a modest 185 runs for nine wickets in 20 overs and racing to the target in 14 overs for the loss of two wickets.
Aussie Lindsay Heaven (partially blind) was adjudged man of the match for his cameo 83 in 44 balls and registering a 171-run partnership with Matt McCarthy (partially blind) who hit 56 in 38 balls.
In the two games played at the Aditya Birla sports ground on the city’s outskirts, Pakistan maintained its winning streak, taming Sri Lanka by nine wickets after restricting the latter to 147 for nine wickets in 20 overs and reaching the target of 148 by losing just one wicket in 9.1 overs.
Pakistan openers Ali Murtaza (partially blind) and Mohammad Zafar (totally blind) scored 48 each in 22 and 18 balls respectively, while its bowler Anees Javed (partially blind) was declared man of the match for three wickets.
In the last game of the day, minnows Nepal again lost the match to West Indies without losing a wicket as the Caribbeans restricted the Himalayan kingdom to 164 for no loss in 18 overs after setting an imposing target of 237 for three wickets in 18 overs.
Two overs were reduced for both the teams due to dew on the pitch. Windies Gregory Stewart (partially blind) was man of the match for his fine 87 in 45 balls.
India take on South Africa Monday in the last group tie, while West Indies will play against England, Pakistan with Nepal and Sri Lanka against Bangladesh.
Haveri (Karnataka), Dec 9 (IANS) The BJP government in Karnataka faced a serious threat Sunday as 13 of its 118 legislators defied a diktat and attended the launch of a party by former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa here.
Enthused by their presence, Yeddyurappa dared Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to prove his majority in the 225-seat assembly or quit and dissolve it to pave the way for early election otherwise due next year.
“I challenge Shettar to prove his majority without the support of my loyalist ministers and legislators. Let him take action against them if he has the guts,” thundered Yeddyurappa at a mammoth public rally in this north Karnataka town, about 350 km from Bangalore.
“Otherwise, he should resign and dissolve the assembly for holding early elections,” the 69-year-old said at the event to launch Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
Shettar dismissed the challenge and said in Hubli, around 70 km from here, that his government enjoyed majority support.
He said his information was that 10 or 12 Bharatiya Janata Party legislators attended the KJP launch and the party would decide what action needed to be taken.
Karnataka BJP chief K.S. Eshwarappa said in Shimoga, about 280 km north of Bangalore, that the party will decide Wednesday the action to be taken against the rebel legislators.
There is speculation that the BJP is mulling the possibility of invoking the anti-defection law so that these legislators would be barred from contesting elections for six years.
Yeddyurappa, who took over as KJP president at Haveri, warned the BJP against taking disciplinary action against the 14-18 BJP legislators who were present on his dais in solidarity.
“I just got information that action will be taken… In that case, I will tell Shettar that you don’t have a majority and so should quit,” he said in a raised voice, drawing cheers from his supporters.
“Shettar should know that he is the chief minister because of my loyalists and that the BJP government is surviving with the support of my loyalists. About 50-60 legislators are ready to quit and join my new party.
“But I told them not to do so and precipitate a political crisis as an assembly election is due in four-five months,” Yeddyurappa said.
Earlier, six cabinet ministers and over a dozen party legislators drove to Haveri from Belgaum for a breakfast meeting with Yeddyurappa at a friend’s house.
In the process, the ministers defied Eshwarappa’s warning against attending even breakfast meetings or tea parties by Yeddyurappa loyalists at Haveri.
The ministers were C.M. Udasi (public works), Basavaraj Bommai (water resources), Murugesh Nirani (major industries), M.P. Renukacharya (excise), Revu Naik Belamagi (animal husbandry) and Shobha Karandlaje (power).
Yeddyurappa told the rally that Shettar and Eshwarappa should know that they were running “a coalition government” of BJP and KJP “as more than 50 percent of their party legislators are with me.
“They will not be in power even for a day without my support,” he said.
The BJP has 118 members, including Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, in the 225-member assembly and 44 in the 75-member legislative council. The Shettar cabinet is 34-strong.
The defiance by the ministers and legislators came a day after Infrastructure Minister Sunil Valyapure quit the Shettar cabinet after the BJP sacked Cooperation Minister B.J. Puttaswamy and suspended Tumkur Lok Sabha member G.S. Basavaraj for backing Yeddyurappa.
Haveri (Karnataka), Dec 9 (IANS) Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Sunday dared incumbent Jagadish Shettar to resign and dissolve the legislative assembly to pave way for an early election, which is otherwise due in April/May 2013.
“I challenge Shettar to prove majority in the assembly without the support of my loyalist ministers and legislators. Let him take action against them if he has guts. Otherwise, he should resign and dissolve the assembly for holding elections early,” thundered Yeddyurappa at a mammoth public rally held to launch the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) here, about 350 km from Bangalore.
Taking over as president of the new regional party in the run-up to the assembly election, Yeddyurappa warned the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against taking disciplinary action against 14-18 of its lawmakers, including half-a-dozen cabinet ministers who participated in the rally and were present on the dais in a show of strength for him.
“I just got information that action will be taken against the 14-18 legislators present on the dais. In that case, I tell Shettar that you do not have a majority and hence quit immediately,” Yeddyurappa said in a raised voice, which was cheered by the crowds.
BJP state unit president K.S. Eshwarappa had Saturday warned the loyalists, including 10 cabinet ministers and over a score of party legislators of strict action if they participated in Yeddyurappa’s Haveri rally and shared the dais with him. Even attending breakfast meeting with the former chief minister would be considered as an anti-party activity.
“Shettar should know that he is in the chief minister’s seat because of my loyalists and that the BJP government is surviving with the support of my loyalists. About 50-60 legislators are ready to quit and join my new party.
“But I told them not to do so and precipitate political crisis in the state as assembly election is due in the next four-five months,” Yeddyurappa asserted.
Ignoring Eshwarappa’s diktat, six cabinet ministers and over a dozen party legislators drove to Haveri from Belgaum in north Karnataka for a breakfast meeting with Yeddyurappa at his friend’s house and stayed back to participate in the rally post-noon.
The ministers were C.M. Udasi (public works), Basavaraj Bommai (water resources), Murugesh Nirani (major industries), M.P. Renukacharya (excise), Revu Naik Belamagi (animal husbandry) and Shobha Karandlaje (power).
“Shettar and Eshwarappa (also deputy chief minister) should know that they are running a coalition government of BJP and KJP as more than 50 percent of their party legislators are with me and ready to join the regional party anytime. They will not be in power even for a day without my support,” claimed the 69-year-old Yeddyurappa.
The BJP has 118 members, including assembly Speaker (K.G. Bopaiah) in the 225-member legislative assembly and 44 in the 75-member legislative council.
The Shettar cabinet is 34-strong, including him.
The open defiance by the ministers and legislators came a day after state Infrastructure Minister Sunil Valyapure resigned from the Shettar cabinet hours after the BJP sacked Cooperation Minister B.J. Puttaswamy and suspended its Tumkur Lok Sabha member G.S. Basavaraj from the party for backing Yeddyurappa.
Shettar, however, remained unfazed. He told reporters in Bangalore that his government had the majority.
“There is no question of dissolving the assembly. We have the support of 120 legislators. Am told only 10-12 MLAs (legislators) attended the KJP convention. We are ready to prove our majority in the assembly, which is in the seven-day winter session at Belgaum,” Shettar said reacting to Yeddyurappa’s ultimatum.
Shettar also said he had not received Valyapure’s resignation so far.
Haveri (Karnataka), Dec 9 (IANS) Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Sunday launched his own party and virtually reduced the Jagadish Shettar ministry to a minority as over a dozen of the BJP’s 118 assembly members shared the dais with him at the event here.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has threatened to act against party legislators who attend the launch function of the rebel Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), or even attend the breakfast meeting or tea parties hosted by Yeddyurappa loyalists at Haveri.
If the BJP actually carries out the threat, then the Shettar government will have to go as it will not have the majority in the 225-member assembly, that includes one nominated member.
“I just got information that action will be taken against the 14 to 18 legislators on the dais. In that case, I tell Shettar that you do not have majority and hence quit immediately,” Yeddyurappa thundered to the applause of a huge crowd at the KJP launch rally in this north Karnataka town, about 350 km from Bangalore.
Apparently angry that the BJP was contemplating action against his supporters in the party, a charged Yeddyurappa said: “I tell Shettar, if you have guts, dissolve the assembly and let us go to the people.”
Earlier, ministers C.M. Udasi (public works), Shobha Karandlaje (power), Basavaraj Bommai (water resources), Murugesh Nirani (industries), M.P. Renukacharya (excise) and Revu Naik Belamagi (animal husbandry) attended a breakfast meeting hosted by Yeddyurappa loyalists ahead of a public function here to formally launch the KJP.
Yeddyurappa was present at the breakfast.
Asked about reports that Karandlaje, Bommai and Nirani had offered to quit the ministry, Yeddyurappa told reporters after the breakfast meeting that he has asked all ministers supporting him not to resign.
The 69-year-old leader quit the BJP and the assembly Nov 30 to form and lead the KJP as he was upset at not being made the state BJP chief soon after he quit as chief minister July last over mining bribery charges.
Yeddyurappa took over as the KJP president at the rally.
The KJP will contest all the 224 assembly seats in the polls, due May next, he said.
Haveri (Karnataka), Dec 9 (IANS) The BJP ministry in Karnataka teetered on the edge as six ministers and over a dozen legislators openly backed former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
Ministers C.M. Udasi (public works), Shobha Karandlaje (power), Basavaraj Bommai (water resources), Murugesh Nirani (industries), M.P. Renukacharya (excise) and Revu Naik Belamagi (animal husbandry) attended a breakfast meeting hosted by Yeddyurappa loyalists ahead of a public function here to formally launch the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
Yeddyurappa was present at the breakfast.
Asked about reports that Karandlaje, Bommai and Nirani had offered to quit the ministry, Yeddyurappa told reporters after the breakfast meeting that he had asked all ministers supporting him not to resign.
He asserted that there was no threat to the ministry headed by Jagadish Shettar if the BJP accepts that it is running a coalition government with his (Yeddyurappa’s) supporters in Karnataka.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had earlier warned legislators that even attending the breakfast meeting or tea parties hosted by Yeddyurappa loyalists at Haveri Sunday would attract disciplinary action.
The 69-year-old Yeddyurappa will take over as KJP president at the rally in this north Karnataka town, about 350 km from Bangalore.
The defiance by these ministers and legislators came a day after Infrastructure Minister Sunil Valyapure quit the Shettar cabinet, hours after the BJP sacked Cooperation Minister B.J. Puttaswamy and suspended Lok Sabha member G.S. Basavaraj from the party for backing Yuddyurappa.
Shettar, however, remained unfazed. He told reporters in Bangalore that his government had a majority. He also said he had not got the resignation of Valyapure.
The BJP has 118 members in the 225-member assembly and 44 in the 75-member legislative council.
The Shettar cabinet, including the chief minister, is 34-member strong. With the sacking of Puttaswamy, there is one vacancy in the cabinet.
Hubli (Karnataka) Dec 9 (IANS) The BJP ministry in Karnataka was in serious trouble late Saturday as one minister loyal to the party’s former leader B. S. Yeddyurappa said he had quit the cabinet and a few other ministers said they were ready to do so.
Infrastructure Development minister Sunil Valyapure told reporters in this north Karnataka town that he has faxed his resignation to chief minister Jagadish Shettar as he wants to attend a rally Sunday at which Yeddyurappa will formally launch his regional party. Hubli is about 370km from Bangalore.
Agriculture minister Umesh Katti said in Davangere in central Karnataka, about 270km from Bangalore, that he and other ministers supporting Yeddyurappa will meet Shettar Monday to protest Saturday’s disciplinary action against two other followers of the former BJP chief minister.
He said ministers backing Yeddyurappa were ready to quit if the party continued with such steps.
Valyapure’s announcement about his resignation and Katti’s threat came hours after BJP sacked cooperation minister B. J. Puttaswamy from the Shettar cabinet and suspended Lok Sabha member G. S. Basavaraj from the party for openly working for Yeddyurappa’s new regional outfit – Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
Valyapure said he will attend the Sunday rally at Haveri, about 350km north of Bangalore, at which Yeddyurappa will take over as KJP president.
Katti and two other ministers, C. M Udasi, public works, and M. P. Renukacharya, excise, however, gave no indication whether they will attend Sunday’s rally at Haveri.
Udasi, who hails from Haveri, said in Davangere that Yeddyurappa has asked ministers and BJP legislators supporting him not to attend the rally.
“Yeddyurappa has said that this government is formed by us and it should complete the term (assembly’s term expires May next). Hence the question whether I will attend (the Haveri rally) or not does not arise,” he told reporters.
Renukacharya also said that he has no invitation to attend the Haveri rally and he intended to stay on in the Shettar ministry till it completes the term.
Bangalore, Dec 8 (IANS) Pakistan captain Zeeshan Abbasi, who is partially blind and leading his visually challenged team in the T20 World Cup for blind tournament here, accidentally sipped phenyl Saturday from a pet bottle thinking it was mineral water. He is out of danger now.
The freak incident came to light when Abbasi was rushed to a private hospital after he complained of sore throat while having breakfast in a star hotel where the team is staying.
“Abbasi is out of danger. He was treated as an emergency case after he was diagnosed with sore throat due to accidental consumption of white liquid soap (phenyl),” Ramaiah hospital president Naresh Shetty told reporters later.
As a precautionary measure, an endoscopy was done on Abbasi to rule out gastric erosion and all clinical tests showed he was normal subsequently.
“We discharged Abbasi in the evening after keeping in observation for four hours and finding him normal,” Shetty said.
According to the hotel management, Abbasi mistook the phenyl bottle to be mineral water, when the house-keeping staff was cleaning the dining room when the team was having breakfast.
“Abbasi has fully recovered and returned to the hotel where the teams are staying,” the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), which is the host and primary organiser of the tournament, said in a statement late Saturday.
Pakistan Cricket Blind Council chairman and World Cricket Blind Council president Syed Sultan Shah said the team management was satisfied with the investigation into the incident, which blamed the hotel staff for inadvertently placing the phenyl bottle in the wrong place.
“In the interest of cricket and better ties between the two countries, we have decided to move on and focus on winning the World Cup,” Shah said in the statement.
Pakistan take on Sri Lanka Sunday after thrashing arch rival India by eight wickets in a league tie Friday.
“The incident happened by oversight. Every effort is being made to take care of the participating teams from nine countries playing in the tournament,” Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled secretary G.K. Mahantesh.