25 Oct

Vinod Rai on ICC vs Dhoni: Believe in conforming to rules of the game

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 20:39 IST MS Dhoni celebrates with teammates (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSThe controvery surrounding MS Dhoni’s gloves refuses to die downBCCI has written a letter to ICC explaining the situationVinod Rai said that the BCCI believes in conforming to ICC norms and rulesThe controversy surrounding Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni donning an Indian army insignia on his gloves during India’s opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, doesn’t seem to be dying down. In the latest news, BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai today (June 7) told reporters that the Board will conform to the ICC norms regarding on-field attire.Rai also stated that the BCCI has written a letter to the world body stating that Dhoni’s ‘Balidan’ badge doesn’t break any of ICC’s rules but reiterated his faith in the latter saying that if required, BCCI will seek permission as they did earlier this year when Team India sported military caps in an ODI against Australia.”We are convinced that the ICC rules say that any insignia worn by the players should not have any religious, military or commercial significance and it should conform to the ICC rules. In this particular case, that insignia has none of those connotations. So we’re going to tell the ICC that it need not be removed but in any case, if they feel we’ll take permission from ICC like we had done when the team wore camouflage caps in Ranchi because we believe in conforming to norms of the game,” said Vinod Rai.Rai clarified that the letter was sent in the morning of June 6 and he is waiting for ICC’s response before taking further action.”We have already sent the request for ICC permission today morning saying that if you people feel that permission is required, we’ll seek it,” said Rai.advertisementOn the matter of whether the CoA or BCCI had a word with the legendary wicket-keeper, Rai replied in the negative,, saying “CoA has not spoken with Dhoni”.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rain forces India to cancel practice ahead of Australia clashAlso Read | MS Dhoni adamant on army badge but ICC unlikely to change stance: SourcesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow MS DhoniFollow World Cup 2019 Vinod Rai on ICC vs Dhoni: Believe in conforming to rules of the gameBCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has said that the Board has written a letter to the ICC regarding the situation but believes in following the norms set by the world’s governing body of cricketadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

11 Oct

UNbacked meeting on plant genetic resources opens in Rome

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources was adopted by the Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2001 to facilitate international cooperation and the fair exchange of genetic resources.The treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF) was created to support poor farmers in developing countries to conserve and adapt to climate change the most important food crops.Opening the meeting, Giancarlo Galan, Italy’s Agriculture Minister, urged other governments to use the treaty “to overcome the ancient and harmful clash between peasant agriculture and modernity.”He said that since the agreement took effect in 2004, there have been more than 800 daily transfers of seeds and other plant material from a pool of more than 1.3 million samples. “This high-level forum has made more evident that the Treaty is able to address simultaneously several challenges, including biodiversity loss, global food crises, climate change adaptation and poverty alleviation, and agricultural development,” said Shakeel Bhatti, the Secretary of the Treaty.The Benefit-sharing Fund has been accepted as a key international instrument for adaptation to climate change by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), while the treaty has been recognized one of the four pillars of the new international regime on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources.The Fund is so far supporting 11 high-impact projects for small-scale farmers in four regions of the world. In Peru, six indigenous communities have responded to climate change by re-introducing old native varieties of potatoes, and adapting them to higher altitude mountain terrains.In the next three months, $10 million will be devoted to helping ensure sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change. Delegates at the meeting stressed the need to work towards raising $116 million for the fund by 2014.FAO estimates that 75 per cent of crop diversity was lost between 1900 and 2000. A recent study predicted that as much as 22 per cent of the wild relatives of important food crops such as peanut, potato and beans could disappear by 2055 because of a changing climate. Awareness of the problem has, however, been growing rapidly. There are now some 1,750 gene banks worldwide, which together hold more than seven million samples. 8 December 2010Representatives from more than 60 countries gathered in Rome today for a United Nations-backed meeting to promote the international treaty considered essential for the conservation and use of the world’s threatened plant genetic resources. read more