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Monday, November 9, 2009

India to play 2011 World Cup opener against Bangladesh

PTI, Mumbai, 9 November : India will play their first match in the 2011 Cricket World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on 19 February and the country will host its first match of the mega-event the next day in Chennai, the ICC announced on Monday.
Placed in Group B, alongside South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands, India will host 29 matches of the quadrennial tournament, including the final and a semifinal. The first match on Indian soil will have New Zealand and Kenya locking horns in Chennai on February 20. Denied hosting rights owing to security concerns, Pakistan will play all their group A matches in Sri Lanka.
The 2011 event will be a week shorter than the 2007 edition, which was held in West Indies. ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said advance scheduling would allow the hosts to plan their preparations well.
Photos : AFP
Bangladesh Railway network up for a make-over
Dhaka, 9 November : Neglected for long, Bangladesh's railway is up for a make-over to cope with the growing need for connectivity within the country and to prepare for joining the Asian rail network.
Collaboration with New Delhi is likely to be high on the agenda during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's forthcoming visit to India. She has said she is in touch with Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. Dhaka is shedding its earlier reservations and reversing its policy to join the Asian rail grid. All South Asian neighbours would need to adjust their tracks and other infrastructure to connect with it.
A full-fledged ministry will govern the railway if the government accepts a unanimous resolution passed Sunday recommending that it should be separated from the communications ministry, where it operates as a department headed by a director general.

Six NLFT tribal separatists surrender in West Tripura
Agartala, 9 November : With Bangladesh security forces carrying out raids on their hideouts, six insurgents of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura have surrendered before troops in West Tripura district, police said today.
Two of the ultras surrendered yesterday before the commandant of 15 Battalion of Assam Rifles at Hrankhawlpara camp under Teliamura police station and deposited two AK-series rifles, two magazines and cartridges. The four others surrendered before the Commandant of 1st battalion of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) at Lefunga camp under Sidhai police station and deposited cartridges. During interrogation, the insurgents revealed that security forces in Bangladesh were making frequent raids on their hideouts, mainly in Chittagong Hill Tracts, police said.
Around 330 insurgents of two banned outfits NLFT and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) have surrendered before security forces this year.
River transport strike called off
Dhaka, 9 November : Bangladesh River transport workers called off their countrywide indefinite strike on Monday after tripartite talks between the shipping secretary, transport owners and leaders of workers.
Shipping secretary Abdul Mannan Hawlader told reporters after Monday's talks that the leaders of workers had agreed to withdraw strike. He said a 16-member committee was formed with Lokman Hakim Talukder, director of the Directorate of Labour, as its head to prepare recommendations after reviewing the workers' demands, including pay issues. The committee has been asked to report in two months, Hawlader said.
Chowdhury Atiqul Alam, general secretary of the Federation who was present in the meeting, said they would ask the workers to go back to work soon and not get confused by any provocation. Bangladesh River Transport Workers Federation, a coalition of workers unions, enforced the strike to press home their 22-point charter of demands. Photos : Reuters
Maoists changing their attack style, say Bengal police
PTI, Kolkata, 9 November : Police say Maoists are adopting new methods of attack, following the deadly assault on four EFR jawans yesterday by armed people in plain clothes at Gidhni in West Midnapore district.
The jawans were sipping tea at a local stall when the attackers in plain clothes and undistinguishable from common people suddenly attacked them.

"Generally, the Maoists move in army fatigues which enable them to be identified. But according to information available, the three persons were clothed in ordinary dresses and they mingled with common people," a senior district police officer told PTI on condition on anonymity.
The officer said the jawans, who have their camp near the market, interacted often with the local people to gain their confidence. Photo : PTI
Differences surface over ceasework called by HC lawyers
Kolkata, 9 November : Sharp differences arose today over continuation of a five-day-old ceasework called by the Bar Association demanding appointment of judges to fill 18 vacancies in the Kolkata High Court.
While Association president Sardar Amjad Ali declared at a general body meeting today morning that lawyers would attend court proceedings from Wednesday, its secretary Rana Mukherjee called an extraordinary general meeting at noon tomorrow. Uproarious scenes were witnessed during the general body meeting with a section of members heckling the president after he announced lifting of the ceasework, lawyers present at the meeting said.
While Ali told the meeting that he was assured by Chief Justice S S Nijjar of steps being taken for appointment of judges and as such the agitation was being lifted, a section of lawyers was not satisfied.

2010's 16th SAARC summit to focus Climate Change
Dhaka, 9 November : The theme of the 2010 SAARC summit will be Climate Change, Bhutan has announced.
The 16th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation will take place in the Bhutanese capital Thimpu in April 2010, just four months after the crucial UN conference in Copenhagen that aims to secure binding global pledges on emission cuts. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina returned Monday from a four-day tour of Bhutan. During the visit, Bhutanese prime minister Jigmi Y Thinley thanked his Bangladesh counterpart for highlighting the impact of climate change on countries like Bhutan, alongside Bangladesh, in the global arena.
Thinley also told Hasina that the 16th SAARC summit would focus on climate, according a joint-press statement of the two countries released Monday.

Kolkata roads to get 120 surveillance cameras : KP
Kolkata, 9 November : A total of 120 intelligence surveillance cameras will soon be installed in sensitive locations of Kolkata to step up security and check rash driving, a police official said Monday.
'These cameras will be installed at various spots across the city. They will also help in booking those guilty of rash driving,' said Additional Commissioner (traffic) K. Harirajan. Twelve such cameras have already been set up, Harirajan said after flagging off the SBI-Kolkata-on-Wheels Car Rally here.
'Last year there were 421 deaths in traffic accidents in Kolkata. This year the count till now is 360 and we are trying to restrict it to within 400,' he added.

Police search for Maoists in forest
Jhargram, Jamboni, 9 November : Police Monday continued the hunt for Maoists who killed four state paramilitary troopers Sunday in West Midnapore district.
"We are combing the nearby jungles. We are conducting intense search operations. We have sent alert messages to all surrounding police stations as also in the neighbouring areas of Jharkhand and Orissa," said Jamboni police station officer-in-charge Loman Hossain. He denied reports that the rebels were led by a woman, and said all them were men.
Eight people, including the four troopers, have been killed by the Maoists in the district since Friday night.

Agitating seamen in Andaman Nicobar get political support
Port Blair, 9 November : Various political parties of Andaman and Nicobar islands are supporting the seamen, who have been agitating for nearly last one month, demanding wage revision.
Seamen, working in the fore-shore sector under the Directorate of Shipping Services of Andaman and Nicobar Administration, have been on an indefinite strike since 19 October due to non-settlement of charter of demands for increasing their wages. Though political parties like DMK and CPI(M) came out in open to support the cause of the seamen, the Andaman and Nicobar administration has not responded to the agitation till now. As there was no response from the administration, general secretary of Inter Island Seamen Union P A Samad resorted to hunger-strike since 2 November at the Tiranga Park of Port Blair city. The All India Kisan Sabha, Andaman and Nicobar State Committee general secretary G C Majhi has also requested the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar islands to settle the demands of the striking seamen union.
In separate letters to the Lt Governor, Union Home Minister and Shipping Minister, copies of which were also released to the media here, secretary of CPI(M) K G Das sought their intervention to end the stir by reaching at an amicable settlement.


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