New Delhi: The BCCI’s much-awaited elections have been rescheduled by a day to October 23 in the wake of assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket Vinod Rai told PTI on Tuesday. Both the states will be voting on October 21 in a single-phase elections and to ensure that voter members from the two units are not inconvenienced, the Cricket Board poll has been postponed by a day. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “The BCCI elections are on track. It’s just because of the state polls, we have decided to reschedule by a day. So it will now be held on October 23 instead of October 22. Anything else that you read anywhere will be factually incorrect,” CoA chief Rai told PTI on Tuesday. Another CoA member Diana Edulji said while she is “against any delay in conducting the BCCI elections”, she understands that a day’s extension is due to state polls. “As per the Supreme Court order passed on September 20, the state units may be granted a few days’ grace but BCCI elections should be on time. We may defer it by a day due to assembly elections in Maharashtra on 21st,” the former India women’s captain said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Rai was happy with the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing on the Tuesday during which its petition seeking clarification on the permission granted to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to hold elections, was admitted. “Today, the petition came up for hearing. The BCCI counsel was there, TNCA counsel and amicus curiae P S Narsimha was there. I am happy with the outcome,” he said. “The SC took cognisance of the fact that some state units are misinterpreting the order mischievously on ‘disqualification being confined to office-bearers only’,” said Rai. “Many felt that it meant that the 70-year clause (age cap), non-Indian passport holder clause have been done away with, which is not the case,” the former CAG added.
Beijing: The United States and China have pledged “full cooperation” to fight fentanyl trafficking, a powerful opioid that has killed tens of thousands of Americans, the US “drug czar” said Thursday. US President Donald Trump accused Beijing in August of reneging on its promise to crack down on the narcotic, which US officials believe mainly comes from China. Trump’s accusation came after Beijing designated all analogues of fentanyl as controlled substances on May 1 — a move seen as a gesture to Washington amid the US-China trade war. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportBut Jim Carroll, the director of National Drug Control Policy, said after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing this week that he was “absolutely convinced” that President Xi Jinping was “committed” to combating opioid traffickers. “We are not here to assign blame to anyone. We came here to build a relationship, to build trust and to understand exactly the steps that China has taken,” the White House official told reporters in the Chinese capital on Thursday. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsCarroll, US Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale and acting commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan met Chinese Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi on Wednesday. “We intend to help them, we intend to be a partner with them to share resources, share information, and share intelligence,” Carroll said. “The government of China and the United States yesterday pledged to exchange full cooperation, full resources to be able to combat this together,” he said, hailing the visit as “groundbreaking”. US and Chinese officials will now have “routine conversations” and the Americans will share more specific case data to help their counterparts in China “better target” drug traffickers, he said. Information will also be shared with higher level officials. Morgan said the US has developed a new technique that can identify the country of origin of a synthetic drug by analysing its pollen content, and such information could be shared with China. Trump’s tweet accusing China of inaction in August irked Beijing, with Liu Yuejin, the vice commissioner of China’s National Narcotics Control Commission, saying the remarks were “groundless”. Liu said earlier this month that no case of fentanyl smuggling has been reported since the May 1 ban. He said people were still dying of fentanyl overdoses in the United States, suggesting it was coming from elsewhere. The opioid caused 32,000 overdose deaths in the country last year alone.