New Delhi: Former first-class players including Ashu Dani and Vinay Limba have approached the BCCI to raise their monthly pension by 50 percent. A monthly gratis is paid to cricketers who have played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04, but the amount has not been revised since 2015 despite repeated requests to the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The affected players wrote to BCCI acting president C K Khanna, who, in turn, has requested the CoA to address the issue. “BCCI keeps the welfare of its cricketers in mind, and the former cricketers are reaching out to BCCI with a hope that the areas highlight by them will be looked into and implemented. While discussions have been held over the revision of pension of retired international cricketers and domestic cricketers who played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04 and that the amount was revised in 2015; the players are waiting for revision of pension,” Khanna wrote in his e-mail to the COA. Players who have played more than 75 first-class games have also been recipients of BCCI’s one-time benefit scheme.
In a report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Annan calls for Kosovo’s leaders and institutions to uphold the values of multi-ethnicity, tolerance and equal rights for all communities.The Secretary-General notes that not all ethnic communities meaningfully participate in the Provisional Institutions – the presidency, the government and the Kosovo Assembly. He voices concern that the Assembly “is once again refusing to take into account legitimate minority concerns in the legislative process, [and is] over-stepping its competencies.”But Mr. Annan says he was encouraged by some progress, including the preparation and adoption of laws at the central and local levels of self-government.Established in June 1999 following war in the province, UNMIK is an interim civilian administration led by the UN under which Kosovans can progressively enjoy greater autonomy.UNMIK retains certain reserved powers in Kosovo, including control over security, foreign relations, minority rights protection and energy, until the province’s final status is determined.Mr. Annan observed that in November a mechanism was set up to review and measure the progress made by the Provisional Institutions towards the benchmarks required before any final decision on Kosovo’s status can be made.In another development, UNMIK customs officers today detected a large quantity of what is suspected to be heroin in the boot of a car leaving Kosovo for Albania.The seized goods – the latest in a series of discoveries by UNMIK customs officers – have been transferred to the border police, with laboratory analysts set to determine the precise nature of the substance.
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