Commenting on the nomination of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Sunday said it was the “dirtiest play” of Congress.”It is Congress’s dirtiest play…the real Dirty Picture is this”, Thackeray said talking to reporters after he was conferred with a lifetime achievement award by Raipur-based magazine ‘Cartoon Watch’ at a function in Mumbai.Asked how would he draw Sachin’s cartoon, Thackeray, who ran a cartoon magazine before founding Shiv Sena, said that in some cases “a mere photograph is enough” and there is no need to draw a cartoon.Saturday, in the editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray had said that Congress must have an ulterior motive in nominating Sachin to the upper house of the Parliament.”Crores of Sachin’s fans would have liked to call him ‘Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar’. Alas, he would now only be Sachin Tendulkar, MP”, the editorial said. The Sena chief, however, added that he was proud of Tendulkar.”I feel proud of Sachin. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, (too), went to the Rajya Sabha. But before going there, one should know whether he has a scope there”, he said.On his stand on the upcoming Presidential election, Thackeray said: “I have not thought about it. Don’t you find one suitable person for the post of President? After every five years this whole thing starts.”Asked if he endorsed Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s recent statement that the next President must be a person without political leanings, Thackeray only reacted, “Don’t tell me about Pawar…he is an unreliable man.”advertisement
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The LTTE militant group “continues to recruit and use child soldiers and the office has also received reports that the Karuna faction has abducted and recruited children under the age of eighteen,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative said.“Besides recruitment of child soldiers, there are also allegations of other grave violations against children by all parties to the conflict,” she added, expressing deep concern about the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka, where separatists and Government forces have been fighting for two decades.Ms. Coomaraswamy is appointing Ambassador Alan Rock of Canada as Special Advisor to conduct the fact-finding mission, according to a UN news release that added the dates would be finalized in consultation with Sri Lanka’s Government, UN partners and others.Ambassador Rock has served as the Canadian Ambassador to the UN from 2004 to June 2006. During this period, he was involved in setting up the UN Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission.Increasing violence in Sri Lanka has led to repeated calls by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other high-level UN officials for both sides to return to the negotiating table. Yesterday, in response to the killing of four people in a suicide bomb attack, Mr. Annan said that “no cause can justify such acts of violence.”An attack on a bus on 15 June reportedly killed 62 civilians and injured more than 40 others, including school-aged children, while on 13 May, 13 Tamil civilians were killed on the island of Keyts in Jaffna, including an infant and a young child. There have also been other recent incidents despite a ceasefire agreement of February 2002 aimed at ending the fighting between the Government and separatist forces that has claimed some 60,000 lives.
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