CWG scam: CAG indicts Delhi health department

first_imgThe Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found irregularities in procurement of medical equipment for the Games.The Commonwealth Games, hosted in the city last year, has come to be associated with a raft of scams. Here’s another.The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found irregularities in procurement of medical equipment for the Games, causing loss of crores of rupees to the government exchequer.A CAG report states that the authorities concerned bought the equipment much above the market rates while beds and equipment at some designated hospitals were supplied only after the event got over.The authorities even issued fake work certificates for procuring items. The state-run GB Pant Hospital was designated for definitive care of accredited personnel along with AIIMS and RML Hospital. At GBP, a turnkey project for establishing an emergency block was approved by the government. The purchase committee approved the bid of M/ s Adison Equipment, which agreed to complete the supply, installation and commissioning of the system by August 20, 2010 at a cost of around Rs 5crore.According to the report, a review of expenditure revealed that a false work certificate was signed by a group of doctors on November 19 showing that the project was completed on September 6.”Installation of the turnkey project was possible in November after one month of the CWG. Whereas, this block was specially meant for the Games and the ground floor of the EDP building was specially modified for this purpose. The expenditure of Rs 5.15 crore thus proved unfruitful,” the report states. The report mentions that the hospital’s medical superintendent denied this and said the project was utilised fully for the CWG. Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta on Tuesday said chief minister Sheila Dikshit was responsible for this scam and should immediately resign.advertisement”There should be a proper investigation and all officials, including the CM, should be booked,” he added.Gupta said the CAG’s findings vindicated earlier claims that there was a huge scam in the whole exercise of improving health facilities ahead of the CWG by the Delhi government.The CAG report says lack of proper planning resulted in non-utilisation of budget.The decision to hold the Games in Delhi was taken in 2003 and the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) was entrusted with the responsibility of providing health services.The budget was allotted from 2006-07 but the final action plan could be finalised only in September 2009. The percentage of utilisation of the allotted budget was 0.1 to 8.5 during 2006-10 and hundred per cent during 2010- 11, the overall utilisation being 33.44 per cent.Delays were a common feature of Games-related projects. Health- related projects were no exception. The report says that although there was enough time to make purchases and call for open tenders, the DHS and hospitals made purchases worth Rs 6.02crore without inviting tenders. In its reply, the DHS attributed this to paucity of time.WHAT THE CAG FOUND – 68 ice- machines for treating sports injuries bought at inflated costs, leading to a Rs 23lakh loss- 11 firms failed to deliver medical equipment worth ` 4lakh- Directorate of Health Services and Lok Nayak Hospital bought equipment worth more than Rs 6crore without inviting open tenders- Director of health services waited till the end so that he could justify purchases without tender- Most equipment came after the Games were over- A Rs 5 crore emergency block for sportspersons at Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital completed a month after Gameslast_img
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Greek Defense Faces Japan Test

first_imgNATAL, Brazil — Rock-solid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in 2004.A decade ago, that team conceded a miserly four goals at Euro 2004 and its successor only conceded four in qualifying to secure its place at the 2014 World Cup as Greece stayed true to its reputation for hard work and ruthless discipline at the back.That all changed when the squad arrived in Brazil.The team’s much-vaunted defense was torn apart in a 3-0 defeat by Colombia, whose display of speed and style sometimes left the Greeks standing around like statues.Greece now faces Japan in Natal on June 19 in a game that could very well put either team out of contention. Japan lost to Ivory Coast 2-1 in its opener, meaning neither team can really afford another defeat if they hope to advance out of Group C.Japan advanced to the round of 16 four years ago but lost to Paraguay on penalties. Greece has bowed out in the group stage in its previous two World Cups.For Greece, the need to rebuild its solid back line will be all the more important at a World Cup that is so far seeing crowd-pleasing flair in attack and plenty of goals: 44 in the first 14 games.Colombia scored in the fifth minute, forcing Greece out of its comfort zone right from the start and attacking with speed on the flanks. Greek frustration was reflected in two of its players drawing yellow cards in the second half.“That wasn’t what people expected,” Greece forward Andreas Samaris said. “I know what everyone expected of Greece though: that we would have 11 men behind the ball, defend, defend, defend and give everything to keep a clean sheet.“We went out to win against Colombia, and that philosophy will not change. We just hope it brings a better result for us because Japan is now a must, must-win game for us.”Like Colombia, Japan is likely to attack at speed through the Europe-based trio of Shinji Kagawa, Yuto Nagatomo and Keisuke Honda. Against Ivory Coast, Japan had the better of the first half but ultimately struggled as the game got more physical in the second half.The arrival of the Ivorians’ star striker Didier Drogba as a second-half substitute also raised his team’s performance and there was only a muted response from the Japanese.AC Milan midfielder Honda said that the team was determined to bounce back against Greece.“Nobody feels good about losing and obviously it was a shock,” Honda, who opened the scoring with a powerful first-half strike, was quoted as saying. “But it’s not a shock that we lost, the thing that shocks me is we lost because we could not play to our strengths.“We gave our opponents’ front line too much respect. Mentally we were weak but that is not a problem that can’t be fixed. A little bit more spirit can turn things around … of course we still have an opportunity to get through the group phase.”(JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Man City paired with Wigan in FA Cup fifth round draw

first_imgFA Cup Man City paired with Wigan in FA Cup fifth round draw Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:33 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty FA Cup Manchester City Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur In a replay of the 2013 final, the Premier League leaders will take on the League One side, while Chelsea host Hull City Manchester City face an away trip to League One leaders Wigan Athletic in the fifth round of the FA Cup, while Chelsea host struggling Championship side Hull City.Pep Guardiola’s men beat Cardiff City 2-0 on Sunday to set up a tie with Paul Cook’s side, who have a two-point lead at the top of English football’s third tier and have already knocked two Premier League sides out of the competition this season.The Premier League leaders will be hoping to avoid a similar outcome to the 2013 final against the same opposition, when Ben Watson headed Roberto Martinez’s Wigan to a late victory against a City side coached by Roberto Mancini. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Meanwhile, Manchester United will travel to take on the winner of next Tuesday’s fourth round replay between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town.After drawing 1-1 at Newport County on Saturday, Tottenham will have to get the better of the League Two side when they meet again next week to decide who will go on face either Rochdale or Millwall.West Brom will host Southampton in the round’s only confirmed all-Premier League encounter, while Leicester City will host Sheffield United and Swansea must navigate a replay with Notts County on Tuesday February 6 to set up a tie with Sheffield Wednesday. Date Match Feb 17-18 Sheffield Wednesday vs Notts County/Swansea City Feb 17-18 West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton Feb 17-18 Chelsea vs Hull City Feb 17-18 Leicester City vs Sheffield United Feb 17-18  Huddersfield Town/Birmingham City vs Manchester United Feb 17-18 Millwall/Rochdale vs Newport County/Tottenham  Feb 17-18 Brighton and Hove Albion vs Coventry City Feb 17-18 Wigan Athletic vs Manchester Citylast_img read more

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