first_imgDhyan Chands son Ashok Kumar said it is sad that hockey Dhyan Chands son Ashok Kumar said it is sad that hockey fraternity has been forced to repeatedly remind the government. “He has been a father figure for us in hockey. Countless have picked up the game after being inspired by him and gone on to bring laurels for India. They looked up to the era of 1928, 1932 and 1936 and it is still binding the game. It is not a good feeling that we have all gathered here to demand Bharat Ratna for him. The government should have decided on it long ago,” he said. “I dont want to go into who got it before Dhyan Chand Ji. All we care about is that he should be bestowed with the honour. It is long overdue. Hopefully this central government will pay heed to our demand. If they dont want to give, they should make it clear once and for all. We dont want to be kept in the dark anymore,” Ashok Kumar added. Former captain Tirkey said Dhyan Chand not getting his due is a classic case of discriminatory attitude towards sports. “It is sad that we discriminate between sports. It is even more sad that we are demanding an award for him. He played when there was no recognition, no media. All I want to say is that we request the government to do the needful as soon as possible,” Tirkey said. Other former players in attendance were Ashish Ballal, AB Subbaiah and Mohammed Riaz. PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Njogu Bah’s trial adjourned due to absence of defence counsel

first_imgBy Mamadou DemThe alleged abuse of office trial involving Dr. Njogu L. Bah, the former Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Presidential Affairs Minister, was adjourned yesterday, 27 January, due to the absence of his defence attorney, Lamin Mboge.Prior to the adjournment of the matter till the 4th of February by Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court , Dr. Bah told the court that his lawyer had informed him that he was at the High Court and appealed the magistrate to stand down the case temporarily to enable his lawyer to appear in court later.State Counsel, Abdourahman Bah, did not object to the application solicited by the accused.Ruling on the request to stand down the case, the trial magistrate indicated that he was not feeling well. He said he has been waiting for the matter to proceed but since the defence counsel was absent, he has adjourned the matter.Dr. Bah is alleged to have abused the authority of his office as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service in the month of January, 2013 by interfering with the recommendation and posting of Ms. Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York, without following the proper procedure of nomination  ]]>last_img read more