Global avian flu pledge money slow to arrive

first_imgJun 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Key global organizations that are fighting the battle against avian influenza may have to cut some programs, because only $286 million of the $1.9 billion pledged by 34 countries in January has been delivered, news services have reported.Only Japan ($158 million), Switzerland ($4.7 million), Finland ($3.4 million), and the Czech Republic ($200,000) have contributed all the funds that they had pledged during a 2-day donor conference in Beijing in January, according to an Associated Press story yesterday. The United States has delivered on $71 million of its $334 million pledge, according to reports.All the figures are from a World Bank donor survey and draft report that was written for the Influenza Partners’ Senior Officials Meeting, to be held in Vienna Jun 6 and 7. The report was obtained by news services yesterday.In the Beijing conference declaration in January (see link below), donor nations pledged: “We agree to take vigorous prevention, mitigation, emergency preparedness, and rapid response measures in the short term together with actions over the longer term to prevent and control the spread of HPAI [highly pathogenic avian influenza] in the poultry and related industries and prevent human exposure to the infected birds.”But their slow response in fulfilling pledges to fight avian flu may mean that key organizations receiving the funding—such as the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO)—may need to cut back on their efforts, according to news services.”The present shortage of funds means the global response is bound to be patchy,” David Nabarro, UN senior coordinator for avian and pandemic influenza, said in a Bloomberg news report published today. “It means that national governments can’t rely on getting help when they need it from a strong and well-prepared UN system.”The WHO, and, to a lesser extent, the FAO, are so strapped for cash that it’s going to be very difficult for them to maintain the current level of response to urgent calls for help from countries trying to control H5N1,” Nabarro told Bloomberg.The WHO has received about $20 million of $77 million pledged, according to Bloomberg. Speaking of the WHO’s recent responses to human H5N1 outbreaks in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Iraq, Djibouti, and Indonesia, WHO senior adviser Paul Gully told Bloomberg, “The ability to maintain that level of response with that sophistication with that number of experts is going to be a challenge.”And without adequate funding, the Paris-based OIE will be forced to pare back its activities, such as training government officials, according to OIE Director-General Bernard Vallat, as reported in today’s Bloomberg story.”We’d reduce our ambitions,” which may mean that the disease could become endemic in some countries, he told Bloomberg. This scenario, he said, would ultimately cost more money and require more veterinarians to address.At the Vienna meeting, the OIE, FAO, and a group representing African governments will seek $500 million to raise the continent’s veterinary and animal standards over the next 3 years, Vallat said in the Bloomberg report.The nations due to receive the largest amounts of promised funds, according to a Jun 4 Reuters story that quotes the World Bank report, are Vietnam ($66 million), Indonesia ($55 million), Nigeria ($51 million), Turkey ($46 million), and Cambodia ($23 million).last_img read more

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Former Cycling Federation President, Iloh, is Dead

first_imgImmediately the news of his death was announced, condolence messages were expressed by those Rev. Iloh touched one way or the other.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung eulogised the elder statesman and cleric for his contributions to nation building and development exemplified through his pastoral teachings.“This is sad news to the sports fraternity especially now that we need experienced sports administrators to assist us in rescuing some sports that are almost moribund and dying gradually.“Rev Iloh was a seasoned sports administrator who had deep passion for cycling,” the sports minister stressed in his condolence message.Dalung sympathised with the immediate and extended family members of the late renowned sports administrator who was also a Patron of Lagos Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria.“I sympathize with Rev. Iloh’s family, friends, associates and other well-wishers who are affected by the death of this Reverend gentleman. I pray Almighty God to grant the elder statesman eternal rest.”Also, immediate past Chairman of Lagos SWAN, Fred Edoreh, described the late Cycling Federation of Nigeria Chairman as a father figure who will be missed by all in sports.“He was the pillar of Lagos SWAN for the period I served as secretary and chairman.“He was not only our adviser, strategist and inspiration, he was our guardian and intercessor to who we ran for prayers in times of difficulties and fears. He was simply a father…,” mourned Edoreh in the official WattsApp platform of Lagos SWAN.Lagos Broadcast Journalist and former Chairman of MFM FC, Godwin Enakhena, also mourned the late cyclist boss.“I knew him up close when I served under him as Ambassadors In Sports (AIS) Vice President. He was our president.“I won’t forget how he wanted to follow AIS cyclists to Abeokuta en-route Benin Republic a few years ago.“He gave his all to whatever he was involved in. I spent at least two days of the week in his Church/office in Yaba. And there was never a dull moment with him. Although he was well advanced in age, Dr Iloh was still very brilliant with a retentive memory. He was very knowledgeable in sports and other spheres of life.“He accepted to be my guest at the Dr. D. K. Olukoya International Youth Football Competition slated for 20th October, 2018 at the Agege Stadium. I looked forward to having a picture of him and Dr Olukoya. Now the great man is no more. May his soul Rest In Peace,” concludes Enakhena in his condolence message.A condolence register is to be opened this morning at the Lagos SWAN secretariat inside the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A former President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria Reverend Moses Iloh is dead. According to family sources, the firebrand sports administrator died yesterday aged 88 years.He was until his demise the General Overseer of Soul Winning Chapel, with headquarters in Yaba, Lagos.Apart from Iloh’s contribution to the development of cycling in Nigeria, he was also a strong advocate of the less privileged. He never spared any administration that fails to live up to the expectations of the people.last_img read more

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Revealed! The most entertaining stadia in the PL this season for goals scored

first_img 17 4. Southampton – 61 goals at St Mary’s – Only one side scored more at home than the Saints’ 39 goals, but they conceded 22 as well. 6. Bournemouth – 57 goals at the Vitality Stadium – The Cherries enjoyed a fantastic season but conceded far more goals (34) than they scored (23) at home. 15. Sunderland – 43 goals at the Stadium of Light – Sunderland managed to outscore their opponents at home, netting 23 times and conceding 20 times. 17 =17. Arsenal and Crystal Palace – 42 goals at the Emirates and Selhurst Park respectively – The Gunners are low on the list but it is down to their fantastic defensive record as they conceded only 11 times, while managing to score 31 goals of their own. Palace, though, saw more goals conceded (23) than scored (19). 12. Aston Villa – 49 goals at Villa Park – Villa conceded more (35) and scored less (14) than any other team at home. 17 11. Tottenham – 50 goals at White Hart Lane – White Hart Lane would be higher if not for Spurs’ good defensive record which saw them concede 15 goals while scoring 35. 17 17 17 19. Watford – 39 goals at Vicarage Road – The Hornets have scored 20 goals but conceded 19 1. Manchester City – 68 goals at the Etihad Stadium – In stark contrast to their neighbours, City scored a league-high 47 goals at home but also conceded 21. 17 The Premier League season has thrown up many twists and turns on the way to Leicester City eventually being crowned champions and Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle being condemned to the Championship.Many fans have called it the most exciting season ever (unless you’re a Manchester United fan), even down to the last day where Tottenham threw away second place to rivals Arsenal.But which Premier League grounds were the most exciting to watch a match, and which were more likely to send you to sleep rather than jumping up and down?talkSPORT have compiled a table based on the number of goals scored by both the home side and the visitors at every stadium in the league.Click the arrow above, right, to see where the most (and least) entertaining grounds were this season! 17 17 10. Leicester – 53 goals at the King Power Stadium – Finally a table where the Foxes aren’t top as they scored 35 times and conceded 18. 17 17 17 17 17 18. Swansea City – 40 goals at the Liberty Stadium – The Swans have scored as many as they have conceded at home – 20 goals each 17 9. Liverpool – 55 goals at Anfield – The Reds scored 33 goals and let in 22. 20. Manchester United – Old Trafford has seen only 36 goals this season (click the arrow, right, to see the most entertaining Premier League stadia) – Anyone surprised? Red Devils fans have seen their side score a measly 27 but concede a league-best nine goals =14. West Brom and Stoke City – 46 goals at the Hawthorns and Britannia respectively – The Baggies’ record looked like this: 20 goals for and 26 against, while Stoke’s was 22 for and 24 against. =8. Newcastle United and Norwich – 56 goals at St James’ Park and Carrow Road respectively – Relegated Newcastle scored 32 times and conceded 24 while the Canaries will join them in the Championship after scoring 26 and conceding 30. 3. Chelsea – 62 goals at Stamford Bridge – Usually tight at home but this season saw Chelsea concede 30 goals and score 32 times at home. 5. West Ham – 60 goals at the Boleyn Ground – In their final season at Upton Park, the Hammers saw 34 goals scored for their side and 26 against. 2. Everton – 65 goals at Goodison Park – A disappointing season for the Toffees but an entertaining one nonetheless as they scored 35 and conceded 30 at home. 17 17last_img read more

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Jimmy Garoppolo discusses what’s next for him, 49ers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he’s happy with the way the rehabilitation has gone on his surgically repaired left knee over the last three months but wasn’t yet sure when he could start throwing again.Garoppolo, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sept. 23 in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, met with reporters Monday morning in what’s become an all-too-familiar routine for the 49ers the day after the end of the regular season, as players cleaned out their …last_img read more

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A’s Khris Davis gets a day off to rest healing hip

first_imgDETROIT — A’s designated hitter Khris Davis was scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to discomfort from a lingering left hip contusion suffered in a May 5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.Davis told reporters Saturday that the pain “did not flare up again,” but rather, he’s “been just playing through it.”“Just needed a day to rest,” Davis said.Davis had played five consecutive games since returning Sunday, going 8-for-20 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in that span. Related …last_img read more

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Tinksky Wedding Tiara Rhinestone Decorated Bride Tiara Hair Barrettes Hairband Hair Clip Hair Loop : this is a beautiful tiara, its small so would fit a child

first_img I find myself a little torn when it comes to writing this review. 99, this isn’t a bad little tiara. But also torn because in my understanding of the word ‘tiara’, this is barely a tiara at all. I’ve owned tiaras before (sadly not diamond ones) and they sit on the head with nothing but the odd hair grip to keep them in place. It isn’t the case with this one – there is a loop at each end of the headpiece, through which i’m supposing you need to pass some elastic or ribbon, maybe?. It won’t stay on your head otherwise, so please be aware of this before ordering. * the tiara arrived almost totally flat, so extreme care is needed to gently shape it to fit the head. If you are too heavy handed here, you risk having some of the crystals pop out as they are just glued in. Lovely item but needs instructions. I bought this as a gag gift for my little sister who is our princess (she’s in her 30’s) it is shiny and blingy but i am genuinely at a loss as to how this should be worn. I wish it had come with instructions. It is not a circular crown that sits on your head. It has two holes at each end which presumably you put ribbon or elastic in. I also suspect it needs to be bend gently in order to sit on a person’s head. It came in a simple plastic bag (which you can see in the pictures). In essence a genuinely lovely item but really needed some instructionsi am sometimes sent products by sellers at a discounted price or on some occasions free of charge, in return for honest and unbiased reviews. This is one of those occasions. As i am required to write the review within a short space of time from receiving the item, i am unable to test for longevity, however where appropriate i will state whether i consider it will stand the test of time. Very sparkly, no hair clips for scalp. I just love how it sparkles. I purchased this for a friend for a fancy dress event. It looks very expensive, i think because it is so sparkly. We were a tad confused at how it sits on your head at first because as you can see from the images there is nothing for you to actually be able to slide into your scalp. Luckily my friend is a hair dresser so she is used to fiddling around with hair and trying to get hair accessories in the perfect positions. And once we back combed the hair and added some invisible hair slides it stayed in place and looked perfect. The tiara is rather wide, so i would assume this isn’t ideal for young children. It measures from one side to the other a total of 20cm. Nice tiara but some wobbly rhine stones. My daughter has wanted a tiara for a while now and so i decided to get this on for her when i came across it. It arrived simple packaged in plastic wrapping, but all was well with transportation. The tiara is nice and sparkly with plenty of rhinestones to add that bit of bling. The metal is plated – looks almost like the silver paint was sprayed on and the jewels then added afterwards. It is not immediately obvious from the pictures but this tiara needs some way of securing it to the head. At either end there is a small look through which you would need to put perhaps elastic or some strong grips in order to secure it in the hair. You would certainly need a lot of hair in an up do to disguise this. My daughter thought that the tiara was beautiful and felt very princessy with it on. (i put some elastic on it for the time being. Excellent quality design and look. I have received this product was well packaged and delivered on time many thanks. This product is silver, its made of white. This product is one size fits all and suitable for most women and girls. Using the alloy material lowers the cost while it has diamond look and hard texture. You will be able to use this product for numerous different occasions from weddings, engagements and parties, i have given it to my granddaughter from use in her dress up box she loved it and has not taken it off since she has been given it. I received a discount to give my review many thanks. Very pretty but no way to fix to hair. This arrived within three days coming in its own plastic bag in the amazon box, um i am not sure a plastic bag is enough to protect it as it arrived a little bent but luckily i was able to bend it back to the correct shape. It is silver with little sparkly gem stones and a one size. It is fairly heavy so when i put it on my head it went clonk straight on to my nose. I have tried to fix it with grips but its to heavy for that which a tiara for a wedding or prom wouldn’t be, it doesn’t come with come combs to attach so i have had to go with what others have done and use elastic which works but spoils the look. I received this at a discounted rate in excahnge for a trial and a review, the discount does not oblige me to leave a positive review but an honest one. This tiara is very pretty and sparkly which mu granddaughter loves as it is now elasticated and in her dressing up box as with out hair fixings it is not suitable for a wedding or prom but is very pretty. When it came i was surprised at how beautiful it was but in closer inspection i found that. I purchased this tiara for my sisters birthday. When it came i was surprised at how beautiful it was but in closer inspection i found that 3 gems were missing. It comes flat packed and you need to put an elastic hairband through the holes on each end. It is really pretty and a bargain for the price. If it wasn’t for the missing gems, i would have been super happy with it. It really is a gorgeous piece. When shaping it, i recommend to do it slowly. As it comes flat, shaping it harshly results in the loss of more gems unfortunately. When on, tiara sits well on the head. Pretty nice and standard product no complaints. This is a great little item which is made of alloy and rhinestones. This is a tiara which is in silver/white colour. This is ideal as a gift as well to young girls. This tiara is also suitable for school fancy dress party/shows. This is a single size suitable to all. The materials used are of good quality and this looks really nice. Generally very good value for money and everything seems great in terms of the quality and application of the product. I got this product for free in exchange of my honest and unbiased opinion. Good weight but not too heavy. Much better than i expected. Nearest copy to the girls of great britain tiara that i have found. To be used for a stage production but lovely for any bride. Adds some glitz and glam to any outfit. The tinksky wedding tiara arrived promptly and was well packaged. I purchased this tiara for my niece who was attending a fancy dress party and wanted to be a proper princess. As other reviewers have said, this style of tiara is designed so that you put pins through the little loops to grip it into place. However, like many others have suggested, i simply attached some elastic to the tiara (it was really easy to thread it through the little loops) to create something that was more of a head band. The tiara is made of metal and feels quite substantial. I was pleased to find that the tiara arrived already in the sort of “crown” shape and not quite as flat as had been reported be other people. It has a real sparkle to it given the fact that the metal is a silver colour and there are lots of sparkly stones used in the design. I had taken into account what other people had said about the stones potentially coming lose and therefore had some super glue on hand just in case, but it was not needed as all were in situ and seem to have stayed in place so far. Overall my niece was very pleased with the tiara and she received lots of compliments when she wore it. This is a really beautiful tiara, and although i am sure its used mainly for weddings i have it for a fancy dress costume. It is actually too good for this reason really as it is so well made and has really good quality stones. You can adapt the size by bending it slightly and it has two areas at the end of the tiara for you to grip it in place. Its quite heavy making it sit properly on your head. Any bride would look amazing in this and i would think feel very special. *********** disclaimer***********i was luckily chosen to receive this item at a reduced price for an honest and unbiased review. Perfect for the princess in your life; it looks lovely. This tiara is very beautiful. I got it for my granddaughter because she recently got a lovely, full length dress from amazon which she said ‘made her feel like a princess’ so, of course, a princess needs a tiara. Other reviewers have commented that a few of the stones have the tendency to fall out so i was not surprised when it arrived with one stone loose in the plastic but that is no problem and a drop of super glue fixed it securely back in place. She is going to wear the dress and tiara when she goes to parties and i know she will feel fantastic and pose endlessly. I will attach some photos in a few days. The alloy material makes this hair band light which is ideal for a little one and the ‘diamonds’ are very sparkly and look quite convincing. The tiara ends in two loops so i asked my very practical sister-in-law to attach some light brown elastic across them because my granddaughter has blonde/brown hair and it has held it in place with no problems even with the very lively activity of a three year old ‘princess’; just keep a tube of super glue handy. This tiara is ideal for the princess in your life whatever her age or even for yourself on a suitable occasion. I disclose that i received this product free or at a reduced rate in exchange for an unbiased review which i am more than happy to give. This is a wonderful tiara, its tiny so would match a baby. I was sent this item in exchange for an genuine review. This is a lovely tiara, its smaller so would match a little one or an up hair design and style, its extremely large which helps make it seem to be far more high priced than what it is which is good. Its has a lot of distinct sizes crystal rhinestones which when the light-weight captures them they genuinely do sparkle. I have a toddler daughter so i have put it in her place on a shelf for when shes older, and it looks fantastic as a decoration in her home. Also perfect for fancy dress or for any minimal female seeking to be a princess. Highly recommend this merchandise its beautiful and fantastic excellent.Hair loop (silver) from tinksky this is these a lovely hair tiara.  tinksky wedding tiara rhinestone decorated bride tiara hair barrettes hairband hair clip hair loop (silver)from tinkskythis is such a lovely hair tiara. I ordered this for my daughter. She worn this attractive hair clip on her birthday. She is searching like a princess. When i ordered it i imagined it was just like an any other hair clip. But, on arrival when i opened the box i am surprised its just like a diamond bride hair barrette. Its manufactured up higher good quality alloy material and crystal appear like a diamond. It fits perfectly on my daughter hair. Silver shade look definitely good.Really great and pretty, this is really substantial so our minor granddaughters were being let down it was to big for them but mother was delighted, holds on by way of using clips and it bends to in shape you head form, fantastic detail, pretty nicely manufactured. Please take note that i acquired this merchandise for no cost in return for an unbiased sincere assessment, which i truly feel i have offered. I am in no way connected to the vendor, manufacturer or amazon, and obtain no bonuses or penalties for the review i give, be it a excellent or poor evaluate. Any scores i give are based mostly on what i actually thought of the product. I hope you uncovered my critique valuable if any section helped please simply click ‘yes, i identified this helpful’ beneath this evaluation.A dazzling exciting accessory which is fantastic ample high-quality to be very significant. This is a really, really great dress piece. I acquired this for my mum to use at her birthday celebration, and i am delighted with it. It came packed in a basic way, i consider they’ve finished this so it receives through a letterbox and you never get one of people massively troublesome ‘you weren’t in’ messages. It wasn’t flat, but it will not quiet have the curve for a feminine head. I never know if its made to be formed but i did it really carefully and it was great. Dont just bend it or it may kink. You require to carefully induce the bend more than some kind of shaped jig. Some folks are questioning an eight quid tiara in the reviews. If your name is elisabeth and you reside close to hyde park you’ve probably received a acceptable basis for comparison. For the relaxation of us this is a definitely pretty piece, the crystals are huge and they have fantastic sparkle. I am going to be quite frank, i’ve seen ‘the authentic thing’ up near and in most environments this appears 95%. In photographs and so on you genuinely would not observe any big difference.Haha thats how my daughter discribed her experience soon after trying this out, its realy awesome, not at all affordable hunting or even built of plastic like a lot of these ive viewed, its strong and truly nicely created will last for many years i recon, a best addiction to that bridal hair do or even a thing for promenade, a amazing hold sake for a brides maid maybe or the bride for that make any difference its just one of people issues you could even move down to your very own daughter as her something borrowed its beautiful. So happy i bought to try it out, now i gotta wait around for my daughter to get married so i can gve it her for genuine.Fantastic small tiara for the price, cant go wront with this item. Welcome to my product or service assessment of this tinksky wedding tiara :do i actually endorse this wedding tiara – yesfor the price tag this is a very nice little tiara that sparkles in light-weight. It is good high quality and has not damaged in anyway following becoming used. The gems are wonderful and blingy and i love the style and design of this tiara. Its sits on leading of my head properly and i am pretty delighted with it. 5 star deserving item disclaimer – i would like to thank the seller for giving me this tinksky wedding tiara for no cost or at a discounted rate for my straightforward and impartial opinion. Make sure you nonetheless be assured that my merchandise overview does consist of specifically what i imagine about it. The wedding tiara came pretty well packaged in a amazon box and arrived very speedily and in excellent affliction all over. This tiara arrived in good time and was packaged well upon opening it looked. This tiara arrived in good time and was packaged well upon opening it looked stunning and sparkly and thought that it would be perfect for my daughters prom but when i took it out of the packet i noticed that some of the rhinestones were missing from it. There were a couple in the bottom of the plastic bag which can be glued back in possibly with superglue i am just hoping that my daughter will still like it and can get away with using it for her prom and that it does her justice cos she deserves it for all the hard work she has put in during the last year. I must say that if it had been complete this would be one of the best tiaras i’ve seen in a long time. I did get it at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion and i do always try to be as fair as possible in every review i give. Beautiful tiara. Makes you feel like a princess. I needed a tiara for a ball that i’m going to, and as the chances are that i’m not going to wear it again i wasn’t going to spend a fortune on it, plus i know that once my daughter gets her hands on it, i won’t see it again anyway. . I received this one by tinksy which in the photos looks really nice. When it arrived i was a little disappointed that it came in a clear plastic bag. I wasn’t expecting a tiffany’s box for the money, but i thought it would come in better packaging and maybe be charged a little extra. Anyway once i got the tiara out it really is beautiful and well made, the tiara itself is quite heavy, but once you put it on it’s really comfortable and you don’t notice the weight. I did realise that you have to bend the tiara slightly to fit your head and after reading a few other reviews i realised that you have to do this slowly and gently or it will break, luckily for me mine didn’t break and i didn’t have to bend it to much either. There is two little hoops at the ends of the tiara which is where you attach it to your head. I used quite a few clips and tied a thin ribbon through each end and hid it in my hair, which helped as well. My overall view of this tiara is it’s well worth the price and it looks really good and not tacky, the stones sparkle like real diamonds and it looks really nice when it’s on. What a glitzy, blingy sparkling tiara. This tiara is so sparkly you couldn’t not get noticed. It’s quite wide, but you could very carefully manipulate it to fit a smaller head. There is no comb to secure it to your hair, but there is a loop at either end to secure ribbon or pins through. With an updo this would sit perfectly. I am impressed with it for the money. I received this tiara at a reduced price in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. Disclosure: *i work hard to leave detailed, helpful reviews. The tiara looks exactly like in the picture. It was perfect for my halloween costume. The only problem was that when i tried to bend it a bit to fit around my head it broke. But nothing that a bit of superglue couldn’t fix. Overall, i was satisfied with the product. (in the picture the stones are not that shiny, as there it is white spray on it). Not Bad for the PriceLovely item but needs instructions! Hair Loop (Silver) from Tinksky This is such a beautiful hair tiaraVery sparkly, no hair clips for scalp!Glitter and SparkleWhen it came I was surprised at how beautiful it was but in closer inspection I found that Tinksky Wedding Tiara Rhinestone Decorated Bride Tiara Hair Barrettes Hairband Hair Clip Hair Loop (Silver)Color: Silver, white. Material: Alloy Rhinestone .One size suitable for most women and girls.Alloy material lowers the cost while it has diamond look and hard texture.Multiple occassions like weddings, engagements and parties.Well-fitted and gives you confidence wherever you go.last_img read more

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Government extra-cautious in selecting the next CVC

first_imgThe CVC Thomas affair seems to have pushed the government to be extra-cautious in selecting the next Central Vigilance Commissioner.To avoid a repeat of the extremely embarrassing situation the government faced when the Supreme Court struck as invalid P.J. Thomas’s appointment as CVC, the government has hand-picked a staggering number of 28 “highly-regarded” IAS officers and other public servants.Usually, the panel of candidates is restricted to three- four or, at the most, five names. The unprecedented list is clearly to widen the choice before the selection panel.The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sent this mammoth list for consideration of the three members of the high- level panel – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P. Chidambaram and leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj. The panel is expected to meet either on June 19 or June 20 to decide on who is to be India’s next CVC. The need for such a mammoth panel of candidates has arisen because of the controversy over the selection of P. J. Thomas as CVC. The government appointed him despite objections raised by the leader of the Opposition in a meeting convened on September 3, 2010.Swaraj had pointed out to the PM and the home minister that there was a case pertaining to the Palmolein oil scandal pending against Thomas, who was one of the three officers recommended for the post.At that time, the government overruled her objection only to have the entire process invalidated by the Supreme Court. The apex court declared Thomas’s appointment as invalid necessitating another round of selection for the post of the top vigilance officer.advertisementAccordingly, the DoPT has finalised the list of candidates for the post and sent it to the high- powered selection panel.Foremost among the officers recommended by the DoPT is outgoing home secretary G. K. Pillai. Pillai is to retire on June 30. Former DoPT secretary Shantanu Kansal, an officer with a formidable reputation, who was also secretary to the PM- appointed V. K. Shunglu committee to probe the Commonwealth Games scam, is too a part of the list. Former finance secretary Ashok Chawla too finds a mention as does Bijoy Chatterjee, secretary, chemicals and fertilizers whose name had figured in the panel suggested last time when Thomas was chosen by the government. The present DoPT secretary Alka Sirohi too finds a mention in the list.Former secretary, legislative affairs V. K. Bhasin too is part of the panel recommended by the DoPT, as is Vijaylakshmi Gupta, secretary, defence finance. Former urban development secretary M. Ramachandran who was also one of the frontrunners for the cabinet secretary’s post, also features in the panel.The list has been duly prepared by a secretary- level officer, as per the Supreme Court directions on the basis of rational criteria reflected by recording of reasons and noting akin to reasons by the empanelling authority. As there was confusion about whether the high- level selection panel was aware of the chargesheet against P. J. Thomas despite the leader of the Opposition mentioning this fact during the selection panel’s meeting, the parameters for selection, as well as the service files of the officers, are expected to be sent to the panel members this time.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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