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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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China sends female rights activist and husband behind bars

Wednesday - Apr 11, 2012, 03:00pm (GMT+5.5)
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Beijing - A disabled rights activist and her husband were reportedly sentenced to jail by a Chinese court Tuesday on grounds of "provoking trouble."

Ni Yulan, who has been using a wheelchair since 2002, after she was crippled from abuse in a Chinese prison, along with her husband was sentenced to two years and eight months on separate charges of fraud and "picking quarrels, provoking trouble and willfully destroying private and public property.

"This is completely unfair, I urge the government to release my parents," Fox News quoted the couple's daughter, Dong Xuan , as saying, after the verdict was read.

Ni and Dong, who have long helped victims of government-backed land grabs in China, were convicted by the Chinese court after they refused to pay an 11,000 dollar (69,000 yuan) bill for a hotel where police placed them in June 2010, post Ni’s release from her previous two-year jail sentence.

Their lawyer Cheng Hai, said, "We believe this verdict is unfair and a violation of the law.”


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