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Lee Chong Wei provisionally suspended for anti-doping regulation violation

Badminton World Federation (BWF) has provisionally suspended Malaysian badminton player and World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation. BWF, world-governing body for has Badminton has imposed this suspension due to an adverse analytical finding of a sample taken at the World Championships in August, 2014.

The provisional suspension means the athlete is barred temporarily from participation in any competition prior to the Doping Hearing Panel’s decision. The BWF has referred this matter to its Doping Hearing Panel and, in due course, the chair of the panel will set the time, date and location of a hearing. The panel will determine whether or not the athlete has committed an anti-doping regulation violation.

About Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei is a Malaysian Chinese professional badminton player.

As a singles player, he was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012.

Achievements: He has won 55 career tittles and was named the BWF player of the year four times. He has won silver at 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.  He is a four time Commonwealth Games gold Medalist, 2 each in singles and men’s team events. He has won three silver medals and a bronze at the World Championships. He was part of the Silver medal winning Malaysian team at the 2014 Thomas Cup.

Russia and Iran sign agreements to build nucelar reactors in Iran

Russia and Iran have signed an agreement to build two nuclear reactors in Iran, which will be followed with another six. The agreement was signed by CEO of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Sergey Kirienko and head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi in Moscow, Russia.

Key facts of the agreement

  • Nuclear officials from the two countries signed the contract for building two reactors at Bushehr. Bushehr is the first nuclear plant built by Russia in Iran.
  • The construction of the new reactors will be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as it was done in case of Busherhr’s first reactor, which became operational in 2013.
  • Russia will supply uranium fuel and then take it back for reprocessing and this provision is intended to prevent any possibility of Iran using the spent fuel to build atomic weapons.
  • Both nations will cooperate in the field of the nuclear fuel cycle and ecology.
  • The location of remaining four plants which are expected to be constructed elsewhere in Iran under this agreement has not been determined yet.

This deal comes less than two weeks before the 24 November deadline for Iran to sign an agreement on its nuclear programme with six world powers i.e. P-6 countries. P-6 countries include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council viz., USA, Russia, China, UK, France, and Germany.

As per the deadline, Iran has to agree to limit its uranium enrichment to a level that it could not be able to convert them to build nuclear weapons. It is expected that this deal would relax western sanctions against Iran.

K C Reddy appointed in United Nations (UN) probe panel on Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a former Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer K C Reddy as the member of United Nations (UN) probe panel on Gaza. KC Reddy is only Indian to be part five-member panel to investigate Israeli attacks on UN shelters during the Gaza war and the discovery of Hamas weapons at UN sites.

The inquiry panel will be headed by retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert. Other members of the panel include Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina, Lee O’Brien of America, Pierre Lemelin of Canada and K.C. Reddy of India.

About United Nations (UN) probe panel on Gaza

  • The UN probe panel was set up by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon to probe the presence of arms on UN premises in the Gaza strip and the damage to its facilities during the conflict between Israel and Palestinian factions.
  • The five-member board will look into contentious incidents during the confrontation between Israel and the Palestinian organisation, Hamas, in July and August 2014.
  • The fighting raged in this time period saw entire neighbourhoods in the Gaza strip flattened and almost one-third of the area’s population uprooted.
  • In one incident in July, 15 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured by an Israeli rocket strike on a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
  • The overall violence had killed more than 2100 Palestinians and destroyed over 100000 homes.

About KC Reddy

KC Reddy belonged to the Meghalaya cadre of the IPS. He was awarded the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Reddy was formerly the chief security adviser to the secretary-general for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS).