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FIFA agrees to expand World Cup to 48 teams

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ZURICH (Reuters) – The World Cup will expand to 48 teams from its current 32, starting with the 2026 edition of soccer’s showpiece tournament, the game’s governing body FIFA decided on Tuesday.

SC pulls up Centre for no mechanism to monitor NGO funds

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Supreme Court | File Photo PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today pulled up the Centre for not putting in place a regulatory mechanism to monitor the funds and their utilisation by NGOs, societies and voluntary organisations.

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar directed the Rural Development Secretary and Director of Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), which comes under Rural Development Ministry, to be present before it this afternoon with all relevant records.

The bench, also comprising Justice N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud, asked the officials to inform it whether CAG audit of NGOs post 2009 was carried out or not.

The bench also asked whether General Financial Rules 2005 made by Ministry of Finance were complied with or not.

The court, was hearing a petition filed by advocate M L Sharma, seeking monitoring of funds given to NGOs and their utilisation by them.

Reveal how many soldiers died post note ban, Shiv Sena asks Centre

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MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena has asked the Union government to reveal how many soldiers died at the borders post demonetisation, in an apparent bid to rubbish the Centre’s claim that terror funding has been checked with the note ban exercise.

Also, taking exception to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statements crediting the RSS teachings for surgical strike across the LoC last year, it said the Army should not be dragged into politics.

The Sena said that the yesterday’s terror attack on General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) camp in Akhnoor sector of Jammu in which three civilian workers were killed, provesthat demonetisation has not deterred the terrorists as they continue with their activities without any hindrance.

“Terrorists once used to attack public places, but are now directly targeting Army bases and killing jawans. Should this be considered a change? Thwarting terror attacks was one of the main reasons cited for demonetisation. But terrorist attacks continue unabated even at places in Manipur,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.

“Last year, 60 jawans were martyred while the number stood at 32 and 33 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. How can we believe that these are the signs that Pakistan is being reigned in? Nobody should drag the Army in the muck of politics,” it said.

“Manohar Parrikar credited the RSS teachings for the surgical strike on Pakistan and during campaigning for the polls in UP, the BJP has taken all credit for the strike attributing nothing to the Army,” the Sena said.

“Demonetisation has become more of a political issue than one which is supposed to hold national importance. The number of deaths of soldiers post demonetisation should be released and politics over the scrapping decision should be stopped,” it further said.

The Sena also said that if BJP has the courage, it should implement the uniform civil code, build a Ram temple in Ayodhya and scrap Article 370 of the Constitution. 

Remove photo of PM and other politicians from hoardings in poll-bound states: Election Commission

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Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi | PTI

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has asked the poll machinery in the five poll-bound states to either cover or remove photographs of political leaders on all hoardings and advertisements which seek to project the achievements of any living political functionary or political party.

The commission gave these fresh directions by reiterating its instructions issued on December 12, 2004 after the chief electoral officer of Goa raised the issue after the election schedule was announced on January 4.

The poll watchdog said photos in advertisements or hoardings of similar type should also be removed or “covered suitably” so that spirit of its instructions is fully complied with.

It, however, made it clear that hoardings put up by the government which convey general message to the masses on family planning or social welfare schemes “may be allowed to be displayed”.

“However, all those hoardings, advertisements which seek or purport to project the achievements of any living political functionary or political party and which carry their photos or name or party symbol should be removed forthwith…

“…No political party or functionary can use public resources and incur or authorise expenditure from public exchequer to eulogise himself or itself or enhance his/its own or any political leader’s image,” it said.

The poll panel made it clear that such images or hoardings “undoubtedly amount to their individual/party election campaign at public cost”.

Between February 4 and March 8, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur are going for Assembly polls and the Model Code of Conduct came into force on January 4 when the schedule was announced. 

Akhilesh meets Mulayam indicating a possible reconciliation between duo

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav | PTI

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav met his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav here on Tuesday, indicating a possible reconciliation between the factions in the ruling party in the poll-bound State
 
The 90-minute one-to-one meeting at Mulayam’s residence took place against the backdrop of the SP patriarch declaring Akhilesh as the chief ministerial candidate of the party on Monday.
 
Reportedly, Akhilesh walked down to his father’s bungalow for the crucial meeting, the outcome of which will definitely have a bearing on SP’s electoral prospects.
 
According to sources, Shivpal Yadav and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh were not present at the father-son meeting.
 
After the meeting, Akhilesh proceeded to the chief minister’s residence without responding to media questions.

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