It’s not just the PMO, but Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is now being dragged into the CWG mess. It’s Suresh Kalmadi’s claim that Sonia endorsed the decision to appoint him as the CWG Organising Committee’s chairman that is being used by the BJP to target the UPA government. In the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that Kalmadi, in a letter to the principal secretary to the PM in 2007, had complained that the Sports Ministry was interfering in his jurisdiction. Kalmadi went on to say that he was appointed the chairman after a series of meetings with Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Group of Ministers. Jaitley’s statement led to disruptions in the Rajya Sabha with BJP members raising slogans against Sonia and blaming her for appointing Kalmadi.
Police in Guwahati have detained two people in connection to the alleged stone pelting incident on the Australian cricket team bus on Tuesday night.The Australian team suffered a scare following their Twenty20 international win over India in Guwahati after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said.Players and staff were travelling from Busapara Stadium back to their team hotel in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus, CA said on its website.The board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.”We have picked up two people from the area under Garchuk Police Station where the incident took place last night. We are interrogating them,” Guwahati police commissioner Hiren Nath told India Today.Posting an image of a shattered window pane, Aussie opener Aaron Finch had first brought the security breach to the notice of the authorities. The team was returning to their hotel when the incident took place despite heavy security.The incident has shocked sports fans across the country with Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directing state chief secretary to conduct an inquiry and submit an immediate report.”Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahati’s reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. Vow to take strictest action against the culprits. Investigation is on full swing & Police have already picked up 2 suspects,” Sonowal tweeted on Wednesday.advertisementSonowal, who has earlier served as the union sports minister said, “People of Assam do not approve this. FIFA Under-17 World Cup is going on in Guwahati. FIFA & all teams have expressed their satisfaction at our arrangements.””Whoever got indulged in the hooliganism did it on the sole objective of defaming Assam & derailing its journey towards the top. That’s a design we will foil with the support of the people of Assam. Culprits will face full force of law & given exemplary punishment,” the chief minister assured.
Two new pesticides have been introduced to the market, giving farmers increased options in safeguarding their crops, while maximising yields.The products – Revus and Engeo – were officially launched by AgroGrace Jamaica in collaboration with Syngenta during a ceremony on Tuesday (January 15) at the AgroGrace premises on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.The pesticides are ideally suited for vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants and other crops and will assist in disease and insect control resulting in healthier products.Engeo is the most efficient solution to control foliar pest in vegetables while Revus is a superior fungicide for its rapid adherence, water-resistance and its action outside and inside of leaves help to prevent diseases in crops.Speaking at the launching ceremony, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, said the introduction of these “tried and tested pesticides” is appropriate given the challenges faced by the agricultural sector.“With the myriad of invasive species and pests that the sector has had to contend with over time it is good that cutting-edge technology is now in place,” he said.The Minister said that most, if not all, crops have had to contend with pests in some way or the other.“Vegetables, condiments, fruits, tubers, sugar cane, coffee, all over, we have had all kind of problems with pests,” he noted.Mr. Clarke said it is critical that all pesticides adhere to international food safety standards to ensure that consumers are protected whenever they purchase produce.“Currently, farmers worldwide have to contend with food safety regulations, including the Food Safety and Modernisation Act, being implemented by the United States of America. We, at the Ministry, are sparing no efforts in making sure that we are fully onboard,” he stated.The Agriculture Minister implored farmers to adhere to the standards and the procedures as stipulated by the manufacturing entities when they are using the products.“Sometimes, farmers go out and they use the chemicals and they say it is not strong enough, they want to add some more. Then there are others who want to stretch it because it is too expensive, we cannot (do that). Whatever is stipulated for its use must be strictly adhered to or else you will not have the desired results,” he stated.Agro Grace is a division of Hardware and Lumber Limited, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Andrea Coy, said the introduction of the product is indicative of a commitment to finding solutions to improve the productivity of the agricultural industry. “As a country, we must take steps to improve the output from the agricultural sector so that we can better feed ourselves. Agriculture can no longer be viewed as subsistence farming or a pastime but must be given more focus…to ensure sustainability and reliability of output,” she stated.AgroGrace, owned by GraceKennedy Limited, is Jamaica’s leading distributor and retailer of agricultural inputs. The company’s major products include pesticides, fertilisers, vegetable seeds, animal feeds, home garden items and farm equipment.Syngenta is a world-leading agri-business committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology.