Veteran politician Sharad Pawar on Friday resigned from his post as the president of Mumbai Cricket Association. Pawar, according to sources, has decided to step aside as he does not want to draw the ire of the Supreme Court of India.Pawar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP for Maharashtra and also served as president of the International Cricket Council between 2010 and 2012, is actually not eligible to hold his post in the MCA as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, which states that cricket administrators should not be over 70 and must not serve two consecutive terms.Pawar, 76, said in his resignation letter, “Supreme Court order does not allow administrator over 70 years age to be in office. This applies to me so I am resigning.”Also am saddened by SC saying that administrators want to hold on beyond 70 as cricket is lucrative.Abiding by court order is duty of every citizen. So without much deliberation I resign.”Sharad Pawar steps down from the post of Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) President pic.twitter.com/Xsg237povL ANI (@ANI_news) December 17, 2016Pawar had earlier taken a dig at the Supreme Court by saying that the apex court, which has so far been guiding how to run the country, will now decide how to organise cricket.”While I am closely associated with cricket, the matter is in the Supreme court. The Court is now going to decide how cricket will be organised. Till yesterday, they were guiding how to run the country. Now, they are also guiding the sports organisation,” he said while addressing the 89th annual general meeting of industry chamber FICCI in New Delhi.advertisementThe Indian cricket board has been stubborn in its stance by not willing to implement the full recommendations made by the Lodha Committee. The recommendations, if implemented fully, are expected to bring a sweeping change in the way cricket is being managed in India.The apex court had on December 9 adjourned the hearing as court felt that the pollution matter was more important and required immediate hearing.During its last hearing in October 21, the SC restrained from passing an order and allowed the BCCI and state cricket associations more time to implement the recommendations in total. However, BCCI despite many meetings with the associations and SGMs have remained firm on their stance of not accepting the full Lodha recommendations.(With PTI inputs)
Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said the offer has been extended to the end of the fiscal year, March 2019. The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) is reminding inspection bodies that its offer of free pre-assessment is still available for take-up. Story Highlights The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) is reminding inspection bodies that its offer of free pre-assessment is still available for take-up.Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said the offer has been extended to the end of the fiscal year, March 2019.She is urging the entities that inspect goods and services to take advantage of the opportunity for pre-assessment, which is a gap audit, to identify weaknesses in the entity and help prepare for the accreditation process.Mrs. Shirley, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Wednesday (September 5), said JANAAC has been encouraging inspection bodies to apply for accreditation, which is critical for developing countries in ensuring compliance with international standards.She said JANAAC has provided preliminary training with a number of public and private inspection bodies, to build capacity to self-audit and close gaps in preparation for accreditation.JANAAC has, so far, accredited one regional inspection body, and is currently processing the application of one local inspection body.“Without an entity [like JANAAC] that will provide impartial attestation that our conformity assessment bodies (CABs) are operating to the international standards that govern the trade industry globally, then the goods and services that CABs provide attestation for would not be accepted,” Mrs. Shirley said.Conformity assessment bodies include inspection and certification bodies, medical laboratories and testing laboratories, among others.Certification by JANAAC will improve testing and quality of products being produced for the local and international markets, in keeping with the standards outlined in the National Quality Policy 2017.An agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, JANAAC is the only internationally recognised accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean. She is urging the entities that inspect goods and services to take advantage of the opportunity for pre-assessment, which is a gap audit, to identify weaknesses in the entity and help prepare for the accreditation process.