Pune: A former soldier and his wife and children were found brutally murdered in Shevgaon village in Ahmednagar district, 200 km from here, on Sunday morning.According to the police, the murders occurred between midnight and the early hours of Sunday. The victims, Appasaheb Govind Harvane (58), his wife, Sunanda (48), their daughter, Snehal (18), and son, Makarand (15), bore multiple knife wounds, the Shevgaon police.The incident came to light after the milkman, finding no response to his calls, alerted the family’s neighbours.Motive unclear“The motive behind the killings is yet to be ascertained. We are investigating whether it was a botched robbery or some family rivalry. However, none of the valuables appear to be touched … but it is too early to say anything,” inspector Suresh Sakpale of the Shevgaon police station told The Hindu.After completing his service in the Army, Harvane worked as a security guard with the district land records office, according to sources.
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Sunday said while Gujarat had done very well in industrialisation, it would need to do some catching-up in the health and education sectors.Mr. Kumar met Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and senior State officials here.“Gujarat’s achievements in education and health are not like those in other areas like industrialisation, infrastructure and energy…I talked about this with the State government,” he said, speaking to reporters after the meeting. He was happy to learn from the government that budgetary allocations for health and education had been increased for 2018-19.He was told that the State was planning “big success this year itself” in the health sector, and district collectors had been asked to pay special attention to child malnutrition and the maternal mortality ratio, Mr. Kumar said.
After surprising everyone with their stellar performance in the Commonwealth Games, the Indian athletics contingent received a sobering blow on the penultimate day of the Games after 20km woman race walker Rani Yadav tested positive for a banned substance – 19 Norandrosterone – and was provisionally suspended.Yadav, 20, from Benares, had finished sixth in the 20km walk on Saturday. “The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) can now confirm that the ‘A’ sample of Rani Yadav, a competitor in the women’s 20 kilometre road race on October 9 was found to contain 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited anabolic agent under category S1 of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) list of prohibited substances and methods,” a CGF statement said.The statement added that Yadav had been “provisionally suspended from the Games” and would have to attend a CGF provisional hearing. Reacting to the latest dope smear on Indian athletics, organising committee secretary Lalit Bhanot said: “It is a difficult situation.It is unfortunate that an Indian athlete has tested positive even though we took all the necessary precautions.” The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) termed Yadav’s positive dope test as ‘unfortunate’, and released statement saying: “NADA will continue its work towards dope free sports in India.”The chief coach of the Indian athletics contingent, Bahadur Singh, said the incident came out of the blue. “What hurts me more is that even after we carried numerous out-of-competition tests to ensure that none of the athletes were on dope, Rani Yadav tested positive,” he told MAIL TODAY.He said, “It is a disgrace for us and especially after all the accolades the athletes received for their splendid performance in this year’s Games, this comes as a huge dampener. But we will abide by the CGF’s decision. Their call on the matter is going to be final. But the revelation definitely brings our morale down.”advertisementRani is the third athlete to test positive at the Delhi Games. Nigerian sprinters Osayemi Oludamola and Samuel Okon were suspended after testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.Past positiveRani Yadav, who tested positive for 19-Norandrosterone, isn’t the first Indian athlete to be caught for the drug. In September, netball player Megha Chaudhary tested positive for the same anabolic agent but was let off by an anti-doping disciplinary panel, which attributed the positive result to contraceptive tablets that Chaudhary had taken.
A day after the proposed National Sports Bill was rejected by the cabinet, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday hit out at the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) saying that the cricket board needs to be more accountable in its functioning.Maken said the proposed bill was intended to make sports bodies more transparent and efficient and was in no way an attempt to take control of these National Sports Federations.”I wouldn’t want to say what happened in the cabinet meting yesterday, I just like to reiterate the sport ministry’s stand and my stand. We are in no way trying to control the sports federations or sports bodies,” Maken told reporters in the national capital.”We don’t intend to have our own representatives in any way in any of the managements of these sports bodies, we don’t want to direct them, whether they would like to take Ajay Maken as one of their members or some of others MPs or ministers,” he said.Maken said he was particularly disappointed with the opposition to the bill by cricket administrators and said federations need to be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act for greater accountability.”We just want transparency and efficiency in their functioning, since they are sending teams outside India representing the country, they should be answerable to all Indians through RTI (Right to Information). Their accounts should be known to public through RTI, after all they are using government funds and sending teams, so we want them to be accountable to the citizens of India through RTI,” he said.advertisementMaken said that for example people would like to know for how much did the BCCI get the land for the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi or the ground at Dharamsala.”The BCCI should point out what provisions are intrusive in nature and which clauses will have government control. We will remove all that but they should not oppose 25 per cent representation of sports persons in the Executive Board and the RTI,” Maken said.”Secondly, they should have age restrictions, after all in bureaucracy, we have 60 years as age of retirement, in judiciary it is 65 and in others it is 62-63, we have kept the age limitation at 70 years for sports federations,” he said.Explaining the nuances of the bill, Maken said having sports persons in administration is a step towards transparency.”What we are saying is that 25 per cent of the executive body should constitute of sports persons of the same game, we are not saying govt will appoint that 25 per cent.”What we are saying is that sports persons who have played at the national level, they should among themselves select, elect sports persons who should represent 25 per cent of their executive body,” he said.”We want to give more power to sports persons, we want them to be transparent in their accounting and entire process, we want them to be answerable to the citizens of India because after all they are sending teams which is representing India as a nation,” he added.The cabinet had rejected the bill on Tuesday with ministers such as ICC President Sharad Pawar, Mumbai Cricket Association chief Vilasrao Deshmukh and J&K Cricket Association head Farooq Abdullah opposing it.The Ministers felt that the bill was seeking to control rather than facilitate the development of sports and had raised objections on the age and tenure restrictions.