Indian players and fans racially taunted at MCG, sections of crowd warned

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 15:14 IST India vs Australia: Racial slurs at the MCG have reportedly carried on for two days. (AP Photo)A section of the crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was warned after racial slurs targeted att the Indian players and fans during the Boxing Day Test.India are 346 runs ahead after three days of attritional cricket against Australia. The players have been involved in some heated verbal battles but no incident has been reported to match officials – both teams have accepted that their players and the opposition have been well within the lines.However, there were concerns over racial chants from spectators at MCG’s Bay 13. Certain people shouted “show us your visa” and the racial slurs reportedly carried on for two days.A formal complaint was lodged with Cricket Australia.Cricket Australia has handed over footage of the chant to Victoria Police and the management at MCG.A CA spokesperson said police are now monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in the the concerned section of the stadium: “Victoria Police and stadium security are monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in that section of the stadium and have had several discussions with those fans in that bay to remind them about appropriate crowd behaviour, as per venue entry terms and conditions.”India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: DAY 3 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDCA has now issued a warning to spectators in Bay 13 – they said if the racial chants did not stop the entire bay would be asked to leave the ground.Cricket boards across the board take racial abuse very seriously.”Across the world, cricket has a rich and diverse history and regularly demonstrates its capacity to break down boundaries and draw cultures together. There is a strong tradition of fans from rival teams enjoying matches side by side and the off-field camaraderie amongst players is a celebrated feature of the game,” states the ICC website on the world governing body’s stance on anti-racism.advertisementThere have been several other incidents at the MCG over the last two days. India captain Virat Kohli was booed as he walked out to bat in the first innings while Mitchell Starc was booed by certain sections of the crowd.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Allan Border surprised Virat Kohli did not enforce follow-onAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah breaks 39-year-old Indian record in 1st year in Test cricketAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Melbourne Cricket GroundFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Racism Indian players and fans racially taunted at MCG, sections of crowd warnedIndia vs Australia: Cricket Australia has warned spectators at MCG’s Bay 13 area following complaints of racial abuse.advertisementlast_img read more

Mothers in flood areas urged to stick to breastfeeding

The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have appealed to all relevant parties to be mindful of the continued need for breastfeeding of infants during the current flood and landslide emergency, and caution against unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of infant formula and powdered milk.In emergency situations where food supplies and access to safe water is extremely limited, infants and children in affected areas remain highly vulnerable to diarrhea and other diseases. Breast milk can provide the critical nutrients and immune support to infants which can help protect against infections. Due to the risks associated with the preparation of formula and powdered milk in an emergency situation where clean water, clean pots and cooking facilities are not available, the health risks to infants who are not breastfed is significantly higher.Donations of formula milk increases the vulnerability of infants exposing them to infection, diarrhea and other severe complications. Hence donations of formula milk or powdered milk must be avoided in emergencies. Where necessary, for orphaned infants it will be supplied by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoH) or the Provincial/District level health authorities.It is important not to lose sight of what is best for infants and children and to foster an environment in which mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding and safe complementary feeding in the difficult circumstances following the flood and landslide disaster. (Colombo Gazette) The health risks for babies who are not breastfed can be significantly higher. Every effort should be taken to protect and support breastfeeding among all breastfeeding mothers affected by the disaster. “We are facing a severe challenge with the current emergency and this can lead to risk of sickness and diseaseamong children” said Dr. Sarath Amunugama actg. Director General of Health Services of the Ministry of Health.“Continued breastfeeding is critical to ensure good health and well-being of infants and toddlers up to 2 years ofage”. All infants up to 6 months of age should be exclusively breastfed even during a time of disaster. Children up to the age of 2 years and beyond should be given breast milk along with safe and adequate complementary feeding as per the national guidelines. Giving infant formula during a disaster situation can easily create a double disaster, as infants given formula will invariably develop diarrheal diseases and lead to higher risk of death. read more