National Rifle Association of India ropes in Jaspal Rana finally

first_img S. Kannan New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 09:29 IST Jaspal Rana has groomed shooters like Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Anish Bhanwala and many more (Photo tweeted by @jaspalrana2806)The National Rifle Association of India on Thursday decided to recognise the efforts of pistol coach Jaspal Rana in grooming several young shooters and decided to also bring him on board for the coaching camp in the capital.With the ISSF World Cup for rifle and pistol to be held later this month, the preparatory camp began at the Tughlakabad ranges on February 5. Jaspal was not included in the original list of coaches and it was only after Mail Today highlighted this, did the NRAI have a change of heart.It’s obvious as the parent body for shooting as a sport in the country, the NRAI owes a lot to its president Raninder Singh. He has been a national level marksman himself and always backed talent.Initially, Jaspal was not chosen for the camp as coach, despite having groomed shooters like Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Anish Bhanwala and a few more. One is not sure who finalised the list of 13 shooters and a support staff of 11 for the national camp.”I was shocked my name was left out and there was no communication sent to me. Whatever I got to know was through the shooters. Having groomed these youngsters and nurtured them, I feel i can still contribute to them and the country as India hopes to clinch quota places for the Tokyo Olympics,” Jaspal told Mail Today.Within the NRAI, there seem to be wheels within wheels. That is the only explanation one can give for leaving out Jaspal from the coaches list. The Mail Today story was highlighted in social media and responses to his exclusion drew sharp comments from people within the shooting fraternity and otherwise.advertisementIt did no credit to the PR agency of the NRAI which first tried to deny the Mail Today story on Thursday and said “it’s factually wrong.” Matters did not end there. The PR person went on to say Jaspal “is only a junior coach.”When reminded that Jaspal had travelled with the young shooters to the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, ISSF World Cups, Asian championship and so on in 2018, matters became more clear for the NRAI.By afternoon, NRAI president Raninder Singh decided to step in and resolve the issue. In a series of tweets, Raninder, facing flak from many, complimented Jaspal and reiterated there is no junior or senior classification.It’s clear within the NRAI, there are some who dislike Jaspal. The champion shooter turned coach has always believed in calling a spade a spade. Jaspal’s telephone conversation with the NRAI president helped in resolving matters. It could well have been avoided had people with decision making rights in the NRAI been prudent in the first place.In Raninder’s view, the camps is still at an early stage and Jaspal can join in from Friday and help the shooters. An impression has been created Anish does not want to work with Jaspal. Be that as it may, Jaspal has never said “no” to working in tandem with the foreign coaches hired by the NRAI in collaboration with the government.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jaspal Rana National Rifle Association of India ropes in Jaspal Rana finallyCoach Jaspal Rana was earlier not chosen for the ISSF World Cup preparatory camp in New Delhi. Rana has groomed shooters like Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Anish Bhanwala and a few more.advertisementlast_img read more

On World Oceans Day UN chief issues call to protect marine environment

Marking World Oceans Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to do more to reverse degradation of the marine environment, which influences virtually all aspects of life on the planet.“Let us work together to create new waves of action for ocean sustainability – for people and the planet,” Mr. Ban said in a message marking the Day.“From trade to food to climate regulation, the oceans are integral to all of humanity. This is particularly so for coastal dwellers whose income and culture are irrevocably bound to the sea,” the UN chief said.“If we are to fully benefit from the oceans, we must reverse the degradation of the marine environment due to pollution, overexploitation and acidification,” he said, urging all nations to work towards that end, including by joining and implementing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the broad based treaty governing the world’s waters, often referred to as “the Constitution of the oceans.” Given the important role played by oceans for the planet’s food security, and the health and survival of all life, as well energy needs, the General Assembly decided that, from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as ‘World Oceans Day’ to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.This year’s theme for the Day is “Oceans and People.” The United Nations has planned a host of activities organized by the world body’s Division for Oceans and the Law of the Sea.The observance of the Day will take place at UN Headquarters on Monday starting at 1:15 p.m., with opening remarks by Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs. The event is being held in coordination with the American Museum of Natural History.Meanwhile, later this evening, New York City landmark, the Empire State Building will be lit in white, blue and purple representing the different layers of the ocean. read more

Motor industry welcomes latest End of Life Vehicles consultation

SMMT has welcomed today’s consultation on the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive, published by the Department of Trade and Industry. The latest government consultation, which proposes an own marque approach to ELVs, is favoured by vehicle manufacturers as this offers the most practical and cost-efficient framework in which free take-back can take place post-2007. Own marque approach Under the own marque approach vehicle manufacturers will be responsible for contracting with a network of authorised treatment facilities to receive and treat their end of life vehicles. This will be accommodated within the existing waste and recycling infrastructure, giving that sector the opportunity to continue to thrive into the future.While the industry is broadly pleased that government will take the own marque approach, SMMT will be lobbying to ensure that the cost burden on manufacturers is kept to a minimum. In particular: The scheme and any costs should be based only on the number of vehicles arising at those networks The cost of vehicles treated outside the official networks established by vehicle manufacturers should be borne by the operator collecting them Operators acting outside the official network must be responsible for meeting obligations imposed by the Directive Independent importers should take responsibility for the vehicles they put into the UK market Free take back must only apply to vehicles that are complete and free of other waste materials Network DensityVehicle manufacturers will develop appropriate networks of take-back facilities based on customer convenience, economic efficiency and the numbers of ELVs arising in a particular area. However, the needs of smaller or niche manufactures will be different to the requirements of volume makers. SMMT will therefore urge government to re-think its proposal to impose a maximum journey distance of 10 miles to treatment facilities and ensure that there is enough flexibility in the regulation to accommodate the varying needs of smaller producers. Recycling Targets While vehicle manufacturers have continually improved the recyclability of their products, the motor industry believes that responsibility for reporting on the levels of recycled materials should rest with Authorised Treatment Facilities. This would ensure a level playing field between contracted and un-contracted facilities and reduce the level of administrative complexity. It would also ensure that the burden on UK manufacturers is no greater than that imposed in other EU member states.Commenting on the latest consultation SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are encouraged that the government has chosen to consult on proposals based on the industry’s favoured own marque approach. As well as minimising the cost burden on industry, this approach represents the most effective method of implementing what is difficult and complex legislation. We look forward to ensuring that a light regulatory touch is reflected in the final draft with no greater costs imposed on UK manufacturers than those operating in mainland Europe.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more