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Dhoni sends legal notice for endorsement fees

KOLKATA: India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has sent a legal notice to a Chennai-based healthcare company for allegedly defaulting payment of his brand endorsement fees.

The healthcare company, Sujatha Biotech, has failed to pay endorsement fees, payable quarterly, since the deal was signed in 2008, the cricketer‘s business manager Prateek Sen said.

“After paying the initial token amount, they did not pay Dhoni the remainder of the fees. We have, therefore, sent a legal notice to them,” Sen told PTI.

“The company is still using Dhoni’s name and his photograph on their products. When they haven’t paid the money, how can they use his name to sell their products,” said Sen, director of sports and celebrity management firm Mindscapes Maestros.

Dhoni was roped in as a brand ambassador by the company for two years to endorse ‘Nivaran 90’ cough syrup and ‘Memory Vita’ line of products, which include health drinks.

The total amount due to the cricketer was said to be around Rs 5.5 crore.

Officials of the biotech company were unavailable for comment.

Endorsing close to 22 brands, the charismatic cricketer is estimated to be earning around Rs 80 crore annually from endorsements.

Kevin Power Solutions signs VVS Laxman as brand ambassador

NEW DELHI: Noida-based Kevin Power Solutions today said it has roped in former India cricketer VVS Laxman as brand ambassador for its Innovolt brand.

“This is an exciting time to be with two VVS–very very special maestros, one is the honorable VVS Laxman and second the Innovolt itself,” Kevin Power Solutions Director Naveen Chauhan said in a statement.

The company, which manufactures power backup solutions, including inverters, currently has 5,000 retail partners across the country.

“We already have 5,000 strong retail partners for Kevin brand and to penetrate further into the market, we are coming with Innovolt brand, and by 2014 end, we will take this retail tally to 15,000,” Chauhan added.

Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi backs Taliban, says it came with positive mindset

After Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, former cricketer Shahid Afridi has also thrown his weight behind the Taliban and said the terror outfit has come with a “positive mind” to power.

In a video clipping tweeted by Pakistjournalist Naila Inayat, Afridi can be seen telling reporters that the Taliban is “allowing women to work”, and “likes cricket”.

“No doubt Taliban have come. But, they have come with a very positive mind. They’re allowing ladies to work. They are allowing them to participate in politics. They are supporting cricket…And I believe the Taliban like cricket a lot,” Afridi told reporters.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khand has supported the Taliban on numerous occasions in the past.

In July, before the terror outfit forcefully took over the Afghanistan government, Khan said the Taliban are not some “military outfits but normal civilians”, and asked how the country was supposed to hunt them down when it had three million Afghan refugees at the border.

In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Khan stressed that Pakistan hosts three million Aghan refugees of which the majority are Pashtuns, the same ethnic group as the Taliban fighters.

“Now, there are camps of 500,000 people; there are camps of 100,000 people. And Taliban are not some military outfits, they are normal civilians. And if there are some civilians in these camps, how is Pakistan supposed to hunt these people down? How can you call them sanctuaries?” he argued.

Later in August, Khan, who has publically endorsed the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, said that his country is reaching out to all “Afghan leaders” and urged other countries to “stay engaged”, to economically support people in the war-ravaged country.

After the hostile takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban has re-imposed repressive laws and retrograde policies on Afghan women that defined its 1996-2001 rule when they enforced their version of Islamic Sharia law.

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