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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sourav hints at new innings as Cricket administrator
PTI, Mumbai, 8 July : Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday indicated his willingness to begin a new innings as a cricket administrator, saying he wants to stay in touch with the game post-retirement.
Ganguly, who turned 38 on Today, said he may have quit international cricket but wants to stay in touch with the game as an administrator. “I have stopped playing cricket six months ago. I would be connected to cricket. Bengal has a lot of talent and I want to take care of it,” the country’s most successful captain told reporters in Mumbai. Already the opposition camp in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is planning to pit the former captain against CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya and it could be the stepping stone before Ganguly goes on to head the BCCI, which, according to the rotation policy it follows, is scheduled to have its 2014 President from the East Zone.
To attain the BCCI top post, Ganguly, however, would require to attend at least two annual general body meetings of the board. Photos : PTI

JMB man with bombs holds hostage in Habiganj, held
Habiganj, 8 July : A team of Rab and police today arrested the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member after couples of hours he laid siege to the Habiganj Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) office, having bombs strapped to his body was holding an employee hostage after storming into the district BTCL office on Wednesday, officials said. The hostage was named as sub-assistant engineer Arab Ali by his colleague Shirish Chandra Das, who managed to escape from the office.
Das said the man entered the office with a child at around 5pm(BDST). RAB, police and fire service men surrounded the office, said deputy commissioner Abul Kashem Talukder, who was at the spot. Superintendent of police Mohammad Akkas Uddin was also present.
Fire at BSNL office, 70K lines & 10K broadband down
Kolkata, 8 July : Over 70,000 landlines and 10,000 broadband connections including those, reportedly, at WB chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's Palm Avenue residence tripped after a fire broke out at a BSNL office on Hungerford Street around 10 pm on Tuesday. Though five fire tenders managed to bring the situation under control in two hours, the thick smoke triggered panic in the area.
According to police, the BSNL mother station at 10/2 Hungerford Street seemed to have caught fire after an electrical fault. Apart from the landlines and broadband connections, 3,000 leased lines and 55 RSUS (Remote Satellite Exchange) connected by DLC (Digital Loop Carrier) were affected. BSNL sources said that 55 other exchanges fall under the mother station. All of them have been affected. "The lines at the CM's residence will need repairs," said a BSNL official.
"No BSNL official informed us about the incident, leading to delay. We got a phone call from a local resident and rushed there," said an official of the fire department. DC (South) Rajesh Subarno and other Kolkata police officers went to the spot to probe the case.
Hasina among 10 world leaders at risk, says Motia
Dhaka, 8 July : Bangladesh agriculture minister Motia Chowdhury said Wednesday that Sheikh Hasina numbers as one of the top ten people in the world at risk of assassination.
"Hasina has opponents such as the (main opposition) BNP, who have repeatedly tried to assassinate her, both while in power and out of power," said Motia at her secretariat office. "Hasina is also under threat for being a symbol of secularism against extremism and militancy," she said. Motia's comments follow cabinet approval, on 6 July, for a law to provide lifetime security for the family of slain independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina's father.
"Hasina is one of the top ten people in the world whose life is threatened," said Motia.

Windies cricket players to boycott Bangladesh series
Reuters, Miami, 8 July : West Indies players are to boycott the test series against Bangladesh due to start on Thursday, the Caribbean team's players' union said Tuesday.
But Julian Hunte, president of the West Indies Cricket Board, said the first test in St.Vincent would go ahead, although he refused to be drawn on whether they would select an alternative squad for the game. The West Indies Players Association(WIPA) said it had attempted to hold talks in the past few days with the West Indies Cricket Board(WICB) to resolve a number of issues. "The players have requested me as President of WIPA, the players' body, to inform the WICB, sponsors and the public that, regretfully, they cannot with immediate effect continue playing without any contracts with the WICB," WIPA president Dinanath Ramnarine said in a statement.
WICB president Hunte, however, told Reuters he still expected the series to go ahead. Photo : AP

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