ICC suspends Bangladesh bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for illegal bowling action

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Bangladesh bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for bowling with an illegal action with an immediate effect.

They were suspended after independent assessments have found that their bowling actions of is illegal. Their international suspensions will also be recognized and enforced by all the members for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction.

The assessments were performed at the ICC-accredited testing centre at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.

In the assessment it was found that Sunny’s (left-arm spinner) elbow extension for a majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Regulations. Taskin’s (pace spearhead) most of the deliveries were also found illegal.

Other Bangladeshi bowlers who were suspended: Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak (November 2008 to March 2009, Spinner Sohag Gazi (2014 to February 2015).

PM Narendra Modi launches Kisan Suvidha mobile app

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Kisan Suvidha mobile application for farmers to provide agricultural relevant basic information quickly.

Kisan Suvidha is an omnibus mobile app that will provide basic information on subjects such as market prices, seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, weather and agriculture machinery.

Key Features

  • The app has a simple interface and the information will be available in Hindi and English.
  • It will provide information on five critical parameters weather, market price, input dealers, plant protection and expert advisories.
  • To begin with, a farmer has to register the mobile number, choose a language and also must enter details of the state, district and block or sub-district.
  • Weather section: It will show details of humidity, temperature, wind and rainfall for the current day and the forecast for the next five days.
  • Additionally, a farmer will be also provided with the extreme weather alerts like hailstorms or unseasonal rains.
  • Market price section: It will show latest price of all crops traded in a registered agriculture market or mandi of the particular district.
  • Plant protection section: It will give pest, weed and disease-related information as well as management practices for each stage of crop development from nursery to harvesting.
  • Agro advisory section: It will show messages for farmers from district agriculture officials and state universities in their local language.
  • Kisan call centre: The app also directly connects the farmer with the Kisan call centre where technical graduates answer their queries.