Tender for IPL franchise

New Delhi: After terminating cash-strapped Deccan Chargers from the Indian Premier League, the BCCI began the process of finding a new team by floating tender notices for a fresh franchise. The bids have been invited in respect of 12 cities — Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Indore, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kochi, Nagpur, Noida, Rajkot, Ranchi and Vizag. The tender notice said that all bidding parties will need to fulfil the eligibility criteria and other requirements specified in the Invitation to Tender. “Bids must be submitted at 12 noon on Thursday, October 25. The winning bids will be announced in the manner set out in the Invitation to tender,” the BCCI advertisement said. Earlier, after a month long legal battle, Deccan Chargers lost their status as an IPL team after the Bombay High Court stayed the order of Arbitrator for maintaining status quo on the matter till further hearing.

NSG hub develops cracks

New Delhi: In a setback to operational preparedness of NSG commandos based in Mumbai, the counter- terror unit has been forced to abandon its newly built concrete premises as cracks were found in the structure, rendering it unsafe for use. A squad of 241 ‘black cat’ troopers and support staff, deployed at the newly created hub in the western metropolis, has been left with not choice but to occupy “semi-permanent and pre-fabricated” accommodation in the same complex, officials said. The Mumbai National Security Guard hub is located in Marol in suburban Andheri on a 23-acre land given by the Maharashtra government for stationing the crack commandos. “The commandos are back to square one as the building has been declared unsafe for living following the appearance of big cracks. They are now living in semi-permanent structures even as they have to stay continuously alert to undertake any operation anytime,” they said. PTI

Kingfisher calls staff for talks

New Delhi: Kingfisher Airlines, which is in a state of lockout, has called its employee representatives for a meeting on Monday. The airline CEO has written a letter calling the employees for a meeting in Mumbai to bring what he called closure to the current situation. The management of the ailing airline has so far failed to convince its striking staffers to join back. The employees, who are striking over non-payment of dues for seven months, are insisting that the salaries be paid first before they resume duty.

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