With the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee being mired in corruption allegations, the Railways has decided against giving it sponsorship worth Rs 100 crore and instead allocate it to the Sports Ministry.”We will give it (sponsorship money) to the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry and it is upto them to carry forward,” Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in New Delhi.The Railways, lead partner of the Commonwealth Games, had committed Rs 100 crore as sponsorship money. However, after allegations of corruption were levelled against top officials of the Games Organising Committee, the Railways withheld the amount.”The issue has been resolved now and the MoU will be signed shortly,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.However, the official clarified that the sponsorship money of Rs 100 crore will not be entirely cash.While railways have already launched a Commonwealth Games train showcasing the Games, it is planning to run special trains to Agra and Jaipur and other places for visitors during the Games.Besides railways have also launched a special logo for the Games which is being used in all Games related events.”So launching of these trains will also be taken into account as part of the sponsorhsip amount,” said the official.
Three British women were arrested by Sri Lanka Police on Wednesday, after they were found to be socialising with West Indian star cricketer Chris Gayle in his hotel room.Sources at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo, where the West Indian players are staying for the ongoing T20 World Cup, said the women were guests of Gayle and his team-mates Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith.Police bodyguards protecting players arrested the three Britons before handing them over to the nearby police station for further investigation.”Ministerial Security Division (MSD) guards assigned to protect the players carried out the arrest and the three women were handed over to the Kollupitiya police station for further investigations,” police said in a statement.”There was no wrongdoing on the part of the players or the women and we are surprised at the police action,” a hotel source told the agencies. “It is not against the law to be a guest of a player.”The International Cricket Council and the West Indies team have refrained from commenting on the matter. The Caribbean team take on Australia in the second semi-final on Friday.On September 24, a Sri Lankan broke into the rooms of two Australian cricketers at the same hotel and offered them sex. He was fined 1,000 rupees (around eight dollars) and handed a one-month suspended jail term.Hotel security has been a key issue at international cricket tournaments since then-Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his room during the World Cup in Jamaica in 2007.His death was initially treated as a murder case before police concluded he died of natural causes.advertisement