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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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Belarusian goverment cut by a third

Tuesday - Oct 02, 2012, 11:51am (GMT+5.5)
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Minsk -Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday said the state and government administration in the country will be downsized by 25 to 30 percent.

“A commission to reform the power bodies is being set up in Belarus... I believe we will have to significantly reduce our state structures - around 25 to 30 percent,” he said.

The cuts will mainly affect "the top", eliminating superfluous functions and allowing an increase in civil servants' wages as a result, said the president, adding that the commission will be headed by presidential Chief of Staff Andrei Kobyakov.

Wages will also be raised for security, law enforcement and military officers, he added.

At the same time police powers should be expanded with a greater oversight and enforcement role, he noted.

In 2011, a severe balance-of-payments crisis caused by excessive government spending in the run-up to the 2010 presidential election forced Belarus to accept tough terms of a Russian bailout package.

Minsk, in return for about $5 billion in loans and investments, pledged to sell off its key assets such as gas pipelines, which were snapped up by Russia's Gazprom company.


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