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SC to hear ex-India goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey’s plea on Jan 4



The Supreme Court will on January 4 hear an appeal from former India goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey, who has sought elections in the All India Football Federation (AIFF), a source confirmed to IANS on Saturday.

Chaubey, who played for the senior national team from 1999-2006, had moved the apex court earlier this month with an appeal to not extend the mandate of the current executive committee of the AIFF and hold fresh elections at an early date.

He has also pleaded in the top court to correct the election eligibility process so that former players can also contest the elections and be part of AIFF’s decision making.

Speaking to IANS, Chaubey had earlier said, “I have simply demanded two things. One, according to the National Sports Code, the way AIFF is being run currently is not as per to the rules. AIFF should follow the Supreme Court judgment in this regard, i.e., hold proper elections to run the committee.

“Secondly, the AIFF has put a very strange condition that if anybody wants to contest the federation’s elections, he or she has to hold a position in a state association for at least four years.”

“What I have asked is that if a former footballer wants to contest the elections, he should be given a chance even if he doesn’t fulfil the above criterion. This is because it is football for whose benefit this committee is there, and a former footballer can be a part of it,” said Chaubey, a winner of three SAFF Championships.

Recently, the AIFF had also moved an application in the Supreme Court to extend the tenure of the current executive committee beyond December 21, claiming that the court-appointed administrators are yet to frame a new constitution to conduct elections.

The AIFF in its petition has asked the top court to “allow the Executive Committee elected on December 21, 2016 in its annual general body meeting to continue to hold office till a new executive committee is formed pursuant to an election conducted in accordance with the new constitution and may be approved by the court and /or pass such order/orders as the court may deem fit and proper in the fact and circumstances of the present case”.

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We are transforming the entire medical education and healthcare sector: PM Modi



Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address at the convocation of the Dr MGR Medical University, said that the government is transforming the entire medical education and healthcare sector and the National Medical Commission would bring great transparency.

While addressing the 33rd convocation of the state-run Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University through video conferencing, Prime Minister Modi further said, “Friends we are transforming the entire medical education and healthcare sector.”

During the last six years, MBBS seats increased by more than 30,000, which is a rise of more than 50 percent from 2014. The number of Post Graduate seats increased by 24,000 which is a rise of around 80 percent from 2014. In 2014, there were six AIIMS in the country, as per media reports.

PM Modi congratulates women candidates

While addressing the students and teachers at the convocation ceremony of the Dr. MGR Medical University, PM Modi congratulated all the students, especially the female students in the college and said that it is an honour to see women leading the country in different fields.

PM Modi, while talking about the success of women across the country, said, “When this happens, it is a moment of pride and a moment of joy.” He further talked about the former CM of Tamil Nadu and said Dr. Ramachandran would have been proud of the success of the institute and its students.

The students of this university are graduating at a time when the world has taken notice of the Indian healthcare system and its doctors and scientists, the prime minister said while referring to the ongoing pandemic situation.

Lastly, PM Modi told the students at the convocation ceremony, “I request all of you to still keep your sense of humour intact. It will also help you cheer up your patients and keep their morale high.”

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