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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sourav Ganguly decides to come into "CAB Admin."
Kolkata, 19 July : Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has decided to make a first move to become a cricket administrator by seeking a place in the all-powerful working committee of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
The cricketer-turned-commentator has given the green signal to be part of the working committee. As a first step he will have to be nominated as one of the voters of 121 units during the 31 July CAB annual general meeting. He chose Siliguri, one of the 18 district units, affiliated to the CAB. The district is set to ratify the decision to nominate Ganguly on Sunday. The unit is controlled by one of the powerful Left Front ministers, Asok Bhattacharya, a staunch supporter of Ganguly. The working committee is chosen from among the 121 units in turn and in the coming year, Siliguri district will be an automatic choice to be in the committee.
Ganguly’s family controls five clubs based in Behala but either some of them have finished their turn to be in the working committee or have already nominated its representative.

Mamata Banerjee flags off first "ladies special" train
Mandarmoni soon have a Railway station : Mamata
Howrah, 19 July : Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday flagged off the first ladies special EMU train and 19 augmented 12-coach EMU services in Howrah division, in line with the commitment she made during her 2009-10 budget speech.
“This special ladies local train would ply between Howrah and Bandel station twice daily during the peak hours. It will help the women passengers of the Howrah division to travel comfortably during the office hours,” Banerjee said during the flagging off ceremony. The minister said the railways will soon inaugurate a station near Mandarmoni, a coastal tourism spot in the state, with a target to connect all major tourist destinations through rail. “If we can focus on developing infrastructure, it will not only help tourism to flourish but it will create a huge employment opportunity for our future generations.” Banerjee said that there would also be a third line between Panskura and Kharagpur, two important stations in the South Eastern Railway (SER).
“There will be at least 120 special trains available during the coming pujas so that people of the state could easily travel during the festive season,” she said.

ULFA militant arrested, powerful explosive recovered
PTI, Guwahati, 19 July : An ULFA militant was arrested and powerful explosives recovered from Gandhibasti area in the city on Sunday, even as one NDFB militant was killed and three others arrested elsewhere in Assam.
On a tip-off, a police team came across Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Powerful Time Device (PTD), stocked in the house of one Bolen Medhi, and arrested the ULFA member Rahul Bania alias Indrajit from the place. Bania, who hails from Tezpur in central Assam's Sonitpur district, was recruited in the ULFA last year and was specifically assigned the task to store the explosives for subversive activities on the eve of Independence day, DIG (central western range) G P Singh said here today.
Erosion by 3 rivers turns serious in Barisal districts
Barisal, 19 July : Erosion by the rivers Sugandha, Arial Kha and Sandhya has taken a serious turn in different parts of the district devouring cultivable lands and dwelling houses. The people of the erosion-affected areas are passing sleepless night to save their property.
Babuganj upazila in the district has been badly affected by the erosion as the three rivers flow beside and across the upazila. The erosion by the river Sugandha devoured the dwelling houses at Khudrakati and Raiguru villages in the upazila during the last few days. Rapidly advancing erosion by the Sandhaya and the Arial Kha is devouring villages after villages in the upazila. The erosion by the three rivers is eroding vast areas of 13 villages under Chandpasha, Rahmatpur, Deherkati, Baherchar and Agarpur Unions in the upazila. Erosion by the rivers Sugandha and Sandhaya has become intensified at Lohalia, Mirganj, Manikkati, Khudrakati, Rajguru, Mahishahi, Doarika, Rakudia, Kedarpur, Sanidurpur, Bhuterdia and Ramjankati villages. The erosion is devouring cultivable lands and fruit bearing trees of the villages with the inhabitants passing sleepless night.
Important establishements and stractures like Doarika Bridge, Abul Kalam Degree College, Bir Shrestha Mahiuddin Jahangir Museum, Char Sadhukandi Madrasa are under threat of erosion by the river Sugandhaya. Erosion by the river Kirtankhula has turned serious at Barisal Charkawa Ferry Ghat, Chandmari and Bandh Road already devouring 200 feet land in a week. Photo : AP

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