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Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) president and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said his party would contest the 2020 Assembly election alone as allies RJD and Congress were taking decisions in mahagathbandhan (the grand alliance) on their own. Earlier, Mr. Manjhi had declared that his party would contest the Jharkhand Assembly election independently. “Both the Congress and the RJD do not pay heed to our demand and taking decisions unilaterally. During the Lok Sabha election, we told them to form a coordination committee so that decisions could be taken with the consent of all allies, but it was not done and they take decisions and impose them on us… So we have decided to leave the alliance,” he said. However, Congress State leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha said Mr. Manjhi was still in the mahagathbandhan.
Pakistan cricket great Javed Miandad believes spot-fixing is more damaging to the game than match-fixing and urged the recently banned players to assist in purging it from the game.The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption tribunal last weekend banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for a minimum of five years for bowling no-balls at predetermined times in a Test against England to fix spot-betting markets.Miandad, a director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said the banned trio should now assist the ICC and the PCB to identify those people involved in rigging betting markets, and thereby harming the game. His remark may have an impact on the upcoming cricket World Cup starting on February 19.”If the players identify the bad elements in the game, only then we can fight with this spot-fixing menace,” Miandad said.”It (spot-fixing) can’t be finished if the players do not cooperate.”The tribunal also directed the banned players to participate – under the auspices of the PCB – in a program of anti-corruption education.”It’s a good programme, but it’s the responsibility of the players to be honest because they are the ones who are directly approached by bad guys,” Miandad said.”I’m sure no one has the guts to buy a cricketer without the consent of the player himself.”Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.Miandad was part of Pakistan’s World Cup winning squad in 1992 and holds the record of most Test runs for Pakistan with 8,832 runs from 124 Test matches.He said spot-fixing poses a greater threat to the integrity of the game than match fixing because it provides more opportunity to fix betting markets; there is only one win-loss result per match, but there are vast numbers of bets on events within games.advertisement”In a 50-overs-a-side game players could commit an intentional mistake not once but 600 times,” Miandad said referring to six ball over bowled in a one-day international. “In match-fixing it’s a matter of win or lose, but in this spot-fixing players commit intentional mistakes one after the other.” Miandad said it was difficult to predict about the future of the three players, but termed the tribunal’s decision as a “reasonable verdict.” “It could have been more severe, but it will send a strong message to players all over the world.”
zoom Monaco-based tanker shipping company Scorpio Tankers has been tied to the sale of two medium-range 2 (MR2) chemical product tankers, VesselsValue’s data shows. The ships in question are STI Emerald and STI Sapphire and they have been sold for USD 28 million each to an undisclosed buyer.Both 52,000 dwt tankers were built at South Korean Hyundai Mipo shipyard in 2013.The Marshall Island-flagged vessels have a length of 183.3 meters and a width of 32.2 meters.When contacted, Scorpio Group’s spokesperson told World Maritime News that the company has “no comment on this market rumor.”Last month, the company entered into agreements to sell and leaseback three MR product tankers, STI Beryl, STI Le Rocher and STI Larvotto, to China’s Bank of Communications.The 52,000 dwt ships were also constructed at Hyundai Mipo in 2013.Recently, Scorpio Tankers released financial results for the first quarter of 2017 which show that the company suffered a net loss of USD 11.5 million, compared to a net income of USD 28 million posted in the same period of 2016. The decrease was driven mainly by low time charter equivalent (TCE) rates.World Maritime News Staff