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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsEver since the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for the first phase of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), cricket fans across the globe have begun placing bets on their favourite teams. The opening match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has already raised the excitement as it pits two of the biggest cricketers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni against each other. But, amid all the hullabaloo, IPL's upcoming season has been denied the star-studded opening ceremony that was earlier being used to kickstart India's cash-rich T20 tournament. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), headed by Vinod Rai, has decided to call off the opening ceremony in a bid to pay homage to the slain CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the dastardly Pulwama terror attack on 14th February. © AP In a touching gesture, the CoA has also announced that the budget allocated for the glitzy opening ceremony will now be donated to the families of the Pulwama attack martyrs. "We will not have any inaugural function for the IPL and the money budgeted for that goes to the martyrs' families," CoA chairman said. Amid a huge backlash following the ghastly terror strike, the CoA took the decision during a meetting on 22nd February. The committee was also expected to take a call on India's proposed boycott of Pakistan at the ICC World Cup in England & Wales. However, with the Indo-Pak scheduled for 16th June, the CoA deliberated on the matter but did not take any position for now. "The 16th of June is very far away. We will take a call on that much later and in consultation with the government,' Rai said after the meeting. BCCI writes to ICC regarding its concerns & commitments ahead of ICC events including World Cup. Concerns include security of Indian players, officials, fans. BCCI in its letter urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from where terror emanates. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/Wg2hepTrsk — ANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019 "In an e-mail to the ICC, we have expressed our concerns about the terrorist attack that has taken place. We are telling them that security of players and match officials should be appropriately taken care of. And number two, we must sever ties with nations from which such terrorism emanates. We will express our concern on an appropriate forum," Raid said.
Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus have found themselves in a bit of a sticky wicket, as their pursuit for the first title in the New Year is overshadowed by rage, protests and probably the most bizarre human rights violation in the history of football, as Saudi Arabia has banned 'women unaccompanied by men' to enter the football stadiums. As the reigning Serie A and Italian Cup champions Juventus prepare to go against A.C. Milan in tomorrow's Supercoppa Italiana final at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, in Jeddah, Amnesty International, an NGO which works for the Human Rights all over the world, have requested the both of them to not participate in the contest at all. The request came from the NGO following the assassination of journalist and women's rights activist, Jamal Khashoggi. Le donne alla #SuperCoppaItaliana vanno allo stadio solo se accompagnate dagli uomini. Ma stiamo scherzando? I signori del #calcio vendano pure i diritti delle partite ma non si permettano di barattare i diritti delle donne! — laura boldrini (@lauraboldrini) January 3, 2019 When Serie A made public the information about some seats being available only to men and that women may only be allowed to sit in the 'Family' section of the stadium, it only added fuel to the fire. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini showed his displeasure by calling the whole act “disgusting” and announced that he will not be watching the game. While no news from either of the teams about shunning the game is out yet, Saudi Arabia's decision to ban single women from stadiums cries for support from big influences like Juventus and A.C. Milan. Players like Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, who are loved by millions from all around ought to feel a sense of responsibility towards their fans and their human rights. But sadly, Juventus defender Alex Sandro feels that “the Saudis have taken a step forward," allowing at least married women to come and watch the sport. He believes that “they have a different fan base…” and hopes to have a good final. Partial human rights mean no human rights at all.
The #MeToo movement in India is roaring right now and is causing an uprising that has been due for a very long. One of the latest names that have come to light in this regard is that of Varun Grover, the writer of the critically acclaimed Netflix series 'Sacred Games'. Varun, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has flatly denied all the charges against him. I completely, totally, categorically deny all the allegations being made. The screenshot in question is untrue, misleading, and defamatory to say the least. Issuing a detailed statement soon. — à¤µà¤°à¥à¤£ (@varungrover) October 9, 2018 Here's my detailed statement about the completely fabricated, misleading, and defamatory allegations against me. Am absolutely willing to cooperate and clear my name. Let's not allow such agenda-driven tactics to derail this movement please. pic.twitter.com/VTFeIjygcl — à¤µà¤°à¥à¤£ (@varungrover) October 9, 2018 Varun Grover has been associated with some major projects in the past and also enjoyed the reputation of a successful stand-up comedian as well. He is also the writer of the Vicky Kaushal starrer 'Masaan'. Rumour has it, that the fate of the second season of everyone's favourite 'Sacred Games' is in jeopardy at the moment. As per a report by in.com, a source has revealed insider information about the show, “at this time we are evaluating options on the path forward.” Another trade source revealed to the website, “The #MeToo movement is going the Hollywood way. After the news that Reliance is apparently considering dropping Vikas Bahl's (one of the partners of Phantom,) name from the credits in Super 30, which he is directing, now comes another piece of news. In the light of the recent allegations against one of the writers of Sacred Games, Varun Grover, Netflix is considering some options on how to tackle the situation. They may drop the successful web series completely (which turned around Saif's career once more) or drop the name of the writer.” © Instagram Will the second season see the light of the day and who will take over as the writer now? An official confirmation is awaited from the makers for now.