The money helped pay for the land — but also fed unregulated and crime-driven trade.The authorities tore them down once growth picked up and Moscow acquired Western-style shopping centres.The one in Luzhniki only closed its doors in 2011.Putin told an annual televised phone-in that the World Cup kicking off next Thursday must leave a lasting sports legacy in which the new arenas play an integral part.“I want to address colleagues from the regions — no matter what, you cannot allow these venues to suddenly turn into some sort of markets like those in the mid 1990s,” Putin said.“That is categorically inadmissable.”Russia has spent at least $4 billion (3.4 billion euros) either building or refurbishing 12 arenas in 11 host cities for the month-long celebration of the world’s most popular sport.FIFA boss Giovanni Infantino said in a statement issued by the world football governing body on Wednesday that Russia was “100 percent ready” as hosts.“The whole world will see what a hospitable country Russia is, how well everything is organised,” said Infantino.But the World Cup’s entire budget adds up to more than $13 billion and FIFA is keen to see the investment pay dividends for Russia that make other nations want to stage future tournaments.The question of what happens to the huge arenas after the July 15 final has been hounding Russia since it won the hosting rights over England in 2010.Host city Sochi did not even have a football club until a second division side was moved there this week.Others are home to teams that have not played top flight football for years and draw just a few thousand people on the best of days.The head of Russia’s Premier League has also questioned why organisers decided against fitting the arenas with roofs that make watching games more inviting for fans in colder northern cities.– ‘Children’s sport’ –“We spent a lot of money and we need to make sure that all this infrastructure works first and foremost for the development of sport,” said Putin.“And it has to be popular sport, children’s sport. We have to create children’s and youth teams, leagues and organised competitions.”Putin also stressed that the stadiums have to become “self-sufficient”.Russia had earlier earmarked $190 million to help pay for the their operations over the coming five years.Putin’s plan for using as little of that money as possible included using the space inside the arenas for retail.“A modern stadium is not just a football pitch,” he said.“You can put anything you want there. You can install stores, cafes, restaurants … and special gyms,” said Putin.“Much will depend on regional leaders.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin says World Cup must leave a sporting legacy for youth built around the new and refurbished stadiums © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 7 – President Vladimir Putin firmly told regional leaders Thursday not to turn World Cup arenas into flea markets once the football showpiece wraps up next month.Space around stadiums such as Moscow’s Luzhniki became bustling hubs that sold everything from fruit to clothes during Russia’s post-Soviet economic crisis in the 1990s.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California’s fourth- and eighth-grade students made greater progress on national science tests than their counterparts around the nation, a national report card on student achievement in science said Wednesday. Despite that improvement, California’s students had further to go. At least half of all students still scored below basic on their science knowledge on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, more than any other state besides Mississippi. Fifty percent of California fourth-graders were below basic, compared to 34 percent nationally. For eighth-graders, 56 percent were below basic, compared to 43 percent nationally. Hawaii, Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia were the only other states to show improvements in both grades. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2
New Delhi: Rajiv Kumar, currently serving as Financial Services Secretary, was on Tuesday designated as the new Finance Secretary. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the designation of Kumar as the new Finance Secretary, according to an official order. Kumar is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre. The designation of Kumar as the Finance Secretary comes in the backdrop of transfer of Subhash Chandra Garg as the power secretary. Garg has already sought voluntary retirement from service.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said conviction ratio in criminal cases in the country is “very pitiful” and age-old police techniques such as giving a suspect the third degree and phone tapping will not yield the desired results in curbing crimes or getting convictions. Addressing the top brass of police organisations during the 49th Raising Day event of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) here, the home minister said usage of forensic evidence is the need of the hour for police investigators to clinch convictions against criminals. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Shah said he has asked BPRD to prepare a plan to create “modus operandi bureaus” at the national and state levels and that the government is mulling making forensic evidence essential in all criminal cases where the quantum of punishment is seven years or more. “The conviction ratio is very pitiful in the true sense. It cannot go like this in these times. This needs to be corrected and this can only be corrected when a probe is supported by forensic evidence.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “If a charge sheet is supported by forensic evidence, then there are not many options before the judge and the defence lawyer. Automatically, the prosecution ratio will improve,” Shah said. The Bureau of Police Research and Development under the home ministry is tasked with preparing and suggesting better working policies and technology solutions for the police forces and act as a national think tank on policing.