New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka Minister Harin Fernando has rejected claims made by Pakistan Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry that India forced the players of the island nation to opt out of their upcoming tour against the Men in Green.
Fernando, who is Sri Lanka's Sports Minister, said that 10 players have opted out of the tour "purely" based on the 2009 incident when their team bus was attacked by terrorist which left eight people dead and several others injured.
"No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan. Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan," he tweeted on Tuesday night.
Sri Lanka never toured Pakistan following the attack. This was set to be its first since.
Sri Lanka's top players, including T20I skipper Lasith Malinga, and former captains Angelo Mathews besides Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella, have opted out of the tour starting September 27 to Pakistan, following a security briefing with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.
After this, Chaudhry, who is Pakistan's Science and Technology Minister, said India threatened the players from Sri Lanka that if they travel to Pakistan, they would lose their IPL contracts.
"Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don't refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities," Chaudhry tweeted on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka are slated to play three ODIs in Karachi on September 27, 29 and October 3, and as many T20Is in Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9 during the tour, before returning in December for the Test series that will be a part of the World Test Championship.
New York, Sep 19 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced a new initiative aimed at ensuring decent job creation and protecting livelihoods to boost climate action and urged countries to join the project.
The new 'Climate Action for Jobs' initiative, announced on Wednesday, will be presented at the Secretary-General's 2019 Climate Action Summit on September 23 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The initiative has been developed jointly by the Climate Action Summit, together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other members of the summit's Social and Political Drivers Action Area, co-led by Spain and Peru.
It provides a roadmap for ensuring that people's jobs and well-being were at the centre of the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
"Today -- along with the ILO and partners Spain and Peru -- we are launching the Climate Action for Jobs, an initiative to put job creation and protecting livelihoods at the centre of national climate action plans," Guterres said.
"Some 1.2 billion jobs or 40 per cent of world employment rely directly on a healthy and stable environment. Business cannot succeed on a planet that fails. Jobs cannot be sustained on a dying planet.
"We will need government, businesses and people everywhere to join these efforts so we can put climate action into a higher gear," he added.
The new initiative calls on countries to formulate national plans for a just transition, creating decent work as well as green jobs, and also sets out specific measures for inclusion in these plans, including assessing the employment, social, and economic impacts of climate action.
Also implementing skills development and upgrading measures and designing innovative social protection policies to protect workers and vulnerable groups.
According to the ILO, measures to green the production and use of energy will lead to net job gains of some 24 million jobs by 2030.
As emissions have increased to record levels and global temperatures continue to rise, the Climate Action Summit aims to galvanise actions that will reduce emissions and build climate resilience.
It will launch concrete initiatives that governments, businesses and people everywhere can join to boost climate action.
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, who will be attending the UN Climate Action Summit, said: "The actors in the world of work -- governments, employers and workers -- have a key role to play in developing new ways of working that safeguard the environment for present and future generations, eradicate poverty and promote social justice by fostering sustainable enterprises and creating decent work for all."