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Sunday, December 21, 2014

MP Vs TN Ranji - pavilion terrace entry free ~ woman throws acid !!!

The iconic Cricket stadium at Chennai is an important landmark.  Previously called Chepauk by its location, it is ‘MA Chidambaram Stadium’ named after M. A. Chidambaram, the former President of BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.  It was established in  the year 1916 making it the oldest Cricket Stadium in India which is in continuous use.

Earlier, the Cricket club established by British civil servant AJ Arbuthnot remained the preserve of Europeans till India became independent. In the late 1960s, TNCA entered the scene. By the late 1970s, the green surroundings of the Chepauk stadium were replaced by a huge concrete stadium built by TNCA.

Today, at Chepauk, Jalaj Saxena's ninth first-class hundred guided Madhya Pradesh to a promising position.  MP, opting to bat, were 250 for 4 at stumps with Saxena still unbeaten on 120. The crowds have dwindled in recent times and matches are played in near empty stadiums – in contrast to the winding queues when TN played Karnataka or anyother top ranking team.  Today, it was announced that the Pavilion terrace would be kept open for the general public for free on all match days. The gate will remain open from 9 am. The spectators can enter the stadium through Gate No 3 (MJ Gopalan Gate, opposite the Chepauk Railway Station). A stall, which will sell food at subsidized rate, is also made available for the spectators. – does it suggest something ! ~ the empty stands that you see in the photo below, during CLT20 was due to different reasons though !

Away in Andhra Pradesh, comes the news of a woman allegedly throwing acid on a lecturer at the Government Polytechnic College, Nallapadu, on Saturday. The lecturer, M. Venkata Ramana, who sustained serious burns on his face and neck, was admitted to the Government General Hospital (GGH). The woman, identified as Sowjanya, alleged that the man had cheated her after promising to marry her.

Police said the woman, who had covered her face in a veil waited at the main gate for Ramana and when he came out during lunch time, she threw concentrated sulphuric acid on his face.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

21st Dec 2014.

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