…says less liquid cash means less robberiesIn light of a number of armed robberies that involved victims who would have just exited commercial banks,Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanthe need to carry less cash and more credit or debit cards is again coming to the fore.The Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as the most recent public official to call for more persons to ‘go plastic’.Minister Ramjattan made the call as he was responding to questions about the role of citizens in the crime fight. The Minister, while speaking at the Golden Jubilee National Symposia Series on Monday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, said many robberies involving large sums of money would be reduced if business people and others made the switch to plastic.He noted that some business people “walk around with millions and millions of dollars,” according to GINA.Ramjattan explained that most of the big robberies that have occurred happened because some persons have “inside information of some car or bag got 10 million, five million or three million dollars.”As such, he reiterated previous calls for Guyanese to go plastic, but noted that a lot of people don’t want to do this because they seek to avoid tax payments.The result, he likened to a double whammy, “you’re avoiding taxes, plus you’re getting robbed.”The Public Security Minister stated his Government will continue to do its part in the fight against crime and touted tools such as surveillance cameras as important. However, he highlighted that the employment rate must be increased as another way “to get the crime rates down.”In July 2013, following a spate of armed robberies, then Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell urged members of the business community to be more security conscious, noting that it’s time to do less liquid cash transactions and utilise ‘plastic’ to transact business.He had explained that the maximum use of ‘plastic’ will definitely impact on robberies and the violence associated with armed robberies.In August 2014, then Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh had sought to discourage his fellow countrymen and women from carrying large and bulky amounts of cash.The Minister had said there is no compelling or legitimate reason for a citizen to be walking around with large volumes of cash to do financial transactions as he pointed to the many alternative options available, including going plastic.This is not the first time the Minister has sought to deter citizens from carrying large sums of cash.Among the policies the former Finance Minister’s Government had introduced was the launch of a $5000 bill which reduced the physical bulk of cash and the move for Government Ministries and agencies to pay their employees via bank orders; a practice which has been significantly replicated across the Private Sector.However, the practice of business persons and other Guyanese of moving around with large sums of cash continues unabated and many criminal elements are said to be lurking around commercial banks, particularly in the country’s commercial centres, on the look out for their next victim.
Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel today returned to India’s Test squad after a gap of eight years in place of injured Wriddhiman Saha for the third Test against England in Mohali.Saha replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India’s Test wicketkeeper after the former captain retired from the five-day format at the end of 2014. He has played 20 Tests for India but will be unavailable for the match starting on Saturday due to a strain in left thigh, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed. (Gautam Gambhir dropped, Bhuvneshwar Kumar recalled for remaining three Tests vs England)”BCCI medical team confirms that India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha developed a strain in his left thigh during the second match of the five match Test Series, played against England at Visakhapatnam,” BCCI said in a press release. “As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest and will not play in the next Test match of the series.”Parthiv Patel will replace Saha in the Indian team for the third Test to be played from November 26 at Mohali,” the board added.Parthiv, the pint-sized attacking wicketkeeper-batsman from Gujarat, became Test cricket’s youngest wicketkeeper when he made his debut as a 17-year-old against England in 2002 and has gone on to play 19 more Tests for the country, the last in Sri Lanka in 2008. He has scored 683 runs at an average of 29.69 and with a best of 69.Parthiv, now 31, has been in impressive form in the current Ranji Trophy season, scoring 415 runs in his first eight matches at an average of 59.28, slamming three fifties and a hundred.advertisementIndia lead the five-match series against England 1-0 after winning the second Test in Visakhapatnam by 246 runs.