Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha ended without him uttering a single word on Thursday as the legendary batsman, once feared by bowlers across the world, kept standing, probably thinking how to deflect and tackle the uproar in the House.The legendary batsman was called by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to initiate a short duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India.As soon as Sachin rose to speak, the first time during his five-and-a-half-year tenure, Congress members stood up demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his insinuating remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during an election rally in Gujarat.Naidu came to his help, first cajoling and persuading the members and then scolding them for their unruly behaviour.”The hon. member who has been awarded Bharat Ratna by the government, wants to make a submission on sports which is a very important activity for the country. Please follow the rules and let him speak,” Naidu said, beseeching members’ attention and assuring that he has agreed to sort out the issue by calling the leader of the house Arun Jaitley and leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for a discussion.When the ruckus did not stop, Naidu warned, “Do not trivialise things. Don’t create trouble in the House, and don’t earn bad name… Names of people who are raising slogans would be published tomorrow.”Despite being egged on by Naidu and helped by Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Sachin, cracker of many tons amid hostile conditions and roaring crowds, kept standing bemused with a smile on his face.Failing to rein in Congress benches, Naidu finally drew curtains on the proceedings. Sachin was immediately surrounded by his fans who included Derek O’Brien and Jaya Bachchan, among others.Furious for not letting Sachin speak, Jaya later said, “He has earned name for India at the world stage, it is a matter of shame that he was not allowed to speak even when everyone knew it was on today’s agenda. Are only politicians allowed to speak?”O’Brien was upset for being denied an opportunity to bat, with Sachin being the opener.”I was padded up to bat at No. 5 in Rajya Sabha and speak on sports after Sachin was to open the innings. But the match was called off because of bad weather,” the quizzer said wittingly.Congress members, however, were unrelenting. “Why are you making a mockery of Parliament? Are false allegations on 2G and Manmohan Singh are more important or Sachin Tendulkar who never spoke in Parliament for the last five years? Does ‘Bharat Ratna’ give you the licence to speak in Parliament? All are equal in the House,” said Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after DNA reported that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) had launched an inquiry into rules flouted in providing electricity connections to 1,128 flats in a residential complex in Virar West, including two flats in the name of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s wife Anjali, MSEDCL has said no irregularities were observed by MSEDCL while releasing power to the project.The story quoted Arun Papadkar, Superintendent Engineer of Vasai Circle confirming that he had conducted an inspection at VIVA Kingston Crown and that the power sub-station from which electricity was being drawn for the flats was only meant for water supply and electricity supply for elevators.However, on Friday, MSEDCL issued a clarification that Papadkar had been misquoted, and that he had not admitted there were any irregularities when contacted by DNA.”Mr Papadkar has emphatically stated that the MSEDCL observed all legal formalities while supplying power to the project VIVA Kingston Crown. He also clarified that a substation (4 DTCs) was not only meant for water supply and elevator but also for all residential and commercial consumers in the said area,” the clarification states.”Hence, no irregularities have been observed by the MSEDCL while releasing power to the project in question. The connections have been given to the rightful flat owners of the said project as per the existing rules and regulations of the MSEDCL. Two connections issued in the name of Mrs Anjali Sachin Tendulkar in the said project to Flat no C-203 and C-204 are also legal. We all know that Mrs Anjali Tendulkar is wife of the very icon of the sports world, celebrity and Rajya Sabha MP Mr Sachin Tendulkar. No questions should arise when Mrs Tendulkar has been issued power connections in a rightful manner,” it added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nerul resident Abhishek Satam’s obsession with Sachin Tendulkar has landed the 28-year-old artist in the India Book of Records for the 44 ft x 24 ft rangoli he made on the occasion of his favourite cricketer’s 44th birthday. Satam has been selected among top 100 Indian record holders and will be felicitated on November 12.Speaking about the record, Satam said, “Though the rangoli was planned in a short time, it has been appreciated by many people. I sent it as an entry for different records owing to its uniqueness. I was surprised on receiving the mail telling me that I have been selected.” He added, “It feels amazing when you follow your passion and it gets appreciated. It gives one inspiration to do more unique work.”Talking about his inspiration, Satam said, “I wanted to celebrate Tendulkar’s birthday by showcasing my creative artwork. The rangoli was sponsored by my friends and school alumni.”A fan of the sportsman since he was eight, Satam has collected over 40,000 photos, 160 magazines, 40 books, and over 11 pens designed by Reynolds with the cricketer’s autograph and photo. Satam’s collection also includes a 24-karat gold-plated bat with Tendulkar’s autograph. He added, “I used to buy newspapers and magazines which had Tendulkar’s photo from scrap dealers to make cutouts and keep a collection of his photos.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The plush La Mer residential tower in Bandra West, where a fire broke out on the 10th floor on Tuesday, has been served notice by Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFP) to install a proper firefighting system in the building within 20 days. The building was issued the notice on Tuesday night under Maharashtra Fire Prevention Act as it was found that the firefighting systems in the building were not in working condition at the time of the fire. On Tuesday afternoon, a duplex flat on the 10th and 11th floor of the La Mer building in Bandra West owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was gutted in the fire. It took the firemen over an hour to douse the fire. A notice was served and standing instructions were given by the MFB Chief Fire Officer to disconnect the electricity and water connection to the building. When contacted, Tata Power which supplies electricity to the building, said, “Power supply to the building was disconnected as a precautionary measure and was restored on Tuesday to all except 10th & 11th floor.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST), which manages the Saibaba temple here, today cancelled its decision to invite celebrities including Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan to be `brand ambassadors’ for the Saibaba Samadhi (death) centenary year. The decision was taken “considering people’s feelings” said Suresh Haware, chairperson of the Trust. The Trust had announced in July that it would rope in celebrities such as Bachchan, Tendulkar and some others to be the brand ambassadors for the centenary year events. There was opposition to the proposal, so the Trust today dropped the idea. The shrine of Saibaba, a spiritual leader who lived in the 19th century Maharashtra, draws lakhs of devotees from across the country every year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) is planning to rope in either Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan or master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for the Saibaba samadhi centenary event. The event will be observed between October 1, 2017 and October 18, 2018. “We plan to have either Amitabh Bachchan or Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for the Saibaba samadhi centenary event. We have written a letter to both of them and are awaiting their response,” Chairperson of the SSST Suresh Haware told reporters here today. The purpose behind appointing either Bachchan or Tendulkar is to widely publicise the centenary event, said Haware. On facilities that will be provided to devotees visiting the temple town, Haware said, the sansthan will be constructing a new air-conditioned ‘darshan mandap’ (queue building for devotees). At present 60,000 devotees from different parts of the country and abroad visit the Saibaba temple on a daily basis. The number further swells during festivals like Ram Navami, Guru Pournima, Vijaya Dashmi and on the New Year day. Yesterday, the Maharashtra cabinet also decided to promulgate an ordinance to amend the Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi Act of 2004 in view of the centenary celebrations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An independent MLA in Maharashtra has said people in the country do not show any concern for the plight of farmers even as they bother much about the runs scored by cricketers. “There are many people in this country to count every run scored by Sachin Tendulkar but nobody cares for the farmers who work in their field daily,” Omprakash Babarao, alias Bacchu Kadu, said addressing a rally on the issues of farmers in Shrirampur tehsil of Ahmednagar district last night. Kadu had recently stoked a controversy while trying to refute the perceived links between alcoholism and farmers suicide by saying that actress Hema Malini “drinks heavily” but she hasn’t committed suicide yet. As his comments on the actress drew sharp reactions, the MLA from Achalapur in Amravati district tried to defend himself saying he was talking about Hema Malini’s drinking “in films and not in her personal life.” The legislator was arrested last year for allegedly assaulting an official at the state secretariat here. The secretariat staff had gone on strike demanding action against him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)