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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sourav to play for Bengal in Ranji Trophy Super League

Kolkata, 7 November : Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will be seen in action in the Ranji Trophy Super League tie between Bengal and Vadodara to be held here from 10 November.
Ganguly, who retired from international cricket in October last year, confirmed his participation in the match, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Joint Secretary Biswaroop Dey told reporters here. 37-year-old Ganguly was recently named captain of the Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Assam Police unveils Ulfa leaders caught in Dhaka
Guwahati, 7 November : Assam police today produced in court Ulfa leaders Chitrabon Hazarika and Sasha Choudhury, partly taking the veil off an undeclared operation that began unfolding earlier this week across the border in Bangladesh.
The special operations unit of Assam police booked Hazarika, the “finance secretary” of the outfit, and Choudhury, its “foreign secretary,” on charges of possessing illegal arms and cash. The case was registered with the unit in 1998. Kamrup chief judicial magistrate Robin Phukan remanded the two to 10 days’ police custody. Ulfa has called a 12-hour Assam bandh on Monday demanding that the two leaders be produced before the media.
Choudhury told reporters on the court premises that they had not surrendered and expressed ignorance about the identity of the persons who had detained them in Bangladesh. They were handed over to Assam police on Thursday, Choudhury said. Photo : Eastern Projections

Former CPI(M) legislator shot by Maoists in Gopiballavpur
Midnapore, 7 November : Former CPI(M) legislator Subhas Soren was shot by unidentified men in West Midnapore district Saturday evening, police said, amid speculation that the assailants may be Maoists.
The incident occurred at Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore district, wracked by Maoist violence. Soren, who represented Nayagram constituency, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said. Soren is a member of the CPI(M)’s West Midnapore district committee.
Jyoti Basu unable to vote again
PTI, Kolkata, 7 November : Nonagenarian CPI(M) stalwart Jyoti Basu, who had appealed to Congress supporters to vote for the Left in the assembly bypolls, could not cast his vote today due to failing health.
"Basu, who is a voter in the Belgachia (East) assembly constituency here could not go to the polling booth because of his health condition," his personal assistant Joykrishna Ghosh said. In the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, Basu could not cast his vote due to the same reason. The 95-year-old leader has for quite some time been confined to his residence at Salt Lake and is unable to take part in any political programme.
By-elections were held today to ten assembly seats. Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee cast her vote at the Alipur constituency in South Kolkata.
West Bengal bypolls peaceful, 65 % polling recorded
Kolkata, 7 November : Sixty-five per cent polling was recorded today in the byelections to 10 Assembly seats in West Bengal which passed off, by and large, peacefully.
"The final percentage of voting will be higher and known later as queues were reported in many booths beyond the end of polling at 5 pm," state's Chief Electoral Officer Debasish Sen said. Altogether 45 companies of central paramilitary forces and 75 companies of state police personnel were deployed. Rajganj in Jalpaiguri district registered 75 % votes, the highest, and Alipore in Kolkata the lowest of 45 %, Sen said. According to him, 12 people were arrested from West Midnapore and North 24-Parganas districts for electoral malpractices and on charges of impersonation.
The byelections are considered to be a dress rehearsal for the 2011 state Assembly elections, with the contest confined to the CPI(M)-led Left Front and the Trinamool Congress-Congress combine. Photo : Reuters
PM Hasina talks dev, climate issues with Bhutan king
UNB, Thimphu, 7 November : King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck sought Bangladesh’s support for hosting the 16th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had an audience with the monarch discussing ways of bolstering bilateral cooperation.
The king of the landlocked Himalayan kingdom sought the support when the visiting prime minister met him at his office, Tashichodzong, on Saturday morning amidst royal ceremonies. He also sought Bangladesh’s cooperation in expediting socio-economic development of Bhutan. Regarding the SAARC summit, Prime Minister Hasina assured the king of providing all possible supports to Bhutan for holding the annual conference of the regional grouping, said Deputy Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Nazrul Islam.
About the socio-economic issues, Hasina said her government would always stand by Bhutan for helping it in attaining the development targets. Photo : PID

Black day observed as Buddhadeb visits WMidnapore
Kolkata, 7 November : Hundreds of school students, teachers and villagers took out rallies and observed a black day Saturday as West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reached West Midnapore district on a two-day visit.
According to police sources, the students and villagers took out protest rallies demanding withdrawal of security forces from all school buildings in and around Lalgarh region as it was affecting their studies. Police said the People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) activists, backed by Maoist rebels, blocked roads near Lodhashuli of Jhargram sub-division by felling big trees. Later the road was cleared by the police.
Polling begins in West Bengal
Kolkata, 7 November : Polling began peacefully for by-elections to 10 West Bengal assembly seats Saturday amid heightened security, an official said. Long queues were seen in front of various polling booths as enthusiastic voters, including women, lined up to cast their franchise.
No untoward incident has been reported so far, a police officer said soon after polling started at 8 a.m. It will continue till 5 p.m. Around 40 companies of paramilitary forces and state armed police have been deployed to maintain security across all 10 constituencies - Bealgachia (East), Kalchini (ST), Rajganj (SC), Sujapur, Goalpokhar, Bongaon, Kanthi South, Egra, Serampore and Alipore in Kolkata. In view of the surcharged political atmosphere in the state, the election commission has decided to post paramilitary personnel in all the booths of the 10 constituencies. Close circuit cameras have also been installed in some sensitive booths to monitor the situation during the polling process.
Nine seats fell vacant as the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha, while CPI(M)’s popular leader Subhas Chakraborty’s death necessitated by-polls to the Belgachia (East) constituency. The CPI(M) and Trinamool are contesting in five and seven seats respectively. The others have been left for the Left Front allies and the Congress. Photo : PTI

Mamata sacks all Railway recruitment board heads
New Delhi, 7 November : In yet another blow to her predecessor Lalu Prasad's legacy, Indian railway minister Mamata Banerjee has removed the chairmen of all railway recruitment boards (RRBs).
The drastic decision to revamp the recruitment process has come at a time when RRBs, located in 20 cities across the country, are mired in controversy and accusations of largescale corruption, irregularities and question paper leak. Recently incidents of paper leak were reported from RRBs in Allahabad and Ajmer.

Maoists kill 3 in W Midnapore dist ahead of CM's visit
Midnapore, Kolkata, 7 November : Maoists have killed three on Friday night in the jungles of Kushbani, barely 40 kms away from Midnapore town where Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is supposed to reach on today afternoon for a two-day visit. The bodies of Lakshmi Das, Manoranjan and Joyram, apparently in their twenties and thirties, were found lying on the state highway connecting Jhargram and Belpahari. The spot of the crime was in Binpur I block, bordering Jharkhand. Maoists posters were found near the bodies. "They have been given the ultimate punishment for being police informers," claimed one of the posters. Ironically, it was on Friday itself that three additional companies of CRPF were deployed in and around Lalgarh, raising the total count to 30 companies. Three more companies have been retained in Midnapore town for security cover during the Chief Minister's visit. Photo : AP
Outlaw, journalists arrested in Chuadanga, Meherpur
Kushtia, 7 November : Bangladesh Police arrested a top cadre of outlawed Lal Pataka, one of the factions of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML), after shooting and injuring him at Laxmipur in Damurhuda upazila, Chuadanga early Saturday.
As per his statement, police also arrested two local journalists from Chuadanga and Meherpur districts. According to police, a team of Damurhuda Police Station chased Suja Uddin alias Joy Babu, hailed from Laxmipur village in Damurhudra upazila as he was roaming the street suspiciously. Suja in the name of Joy Babu had been threatening people for extortion for long in Chuadanga and Meherpur, police said.
Acting on a tip-off given by Suja, police arrested Atiar Rahman Atiq from Karpasdanga in Chuadanga and Mohsin Ali from Courtpara in Meherpur. Both of them are local correspondents of Chuadanga based daily Mathabhanga.

Andaman's Jolly Buoy Island reopens for tourists
UNI, Port Blair, 7 November : Andaman and Nicobar Administration has reopened the Jolly Buoy Island situated inside Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor for tourists.
Jolly Buoy Island is world famous for under water corals beds and the pristine clear beach, where tourists can also go for snorkelling and scuba diving. It is located about 50 km from here in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. ''The Island had been closed for the past few years to protect the Island's ecology and also for regeneration of underwater coral beds,'' sources in Andaman’s tourism department told UNI today. Island will be open for tourist with valid entry permit till 15 May, 2010.
Since 2004 tsunami, Andaman and Nicobar Administration allowed tourists in the coral Island, Jolly Buoy, only for a few months so that the highly sensitive coral beds could be preserved.

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