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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sourav Ganguly to lead MCC against Pakistan in Lord's T-20

PTI, London, 10 June : Sourav Ganguly will have Brian Lara playing under him when the former India captain leads a Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) team in a Twenty20 match against Pakistan at Lord's on 27 June.
Apart from Ganguly and Lara, other players who have confirmed their availability for the tie include Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas, Australia's limited-overs specialist Ian Harvey, hard-hitting Victorian batsman Aiden Blizzard and MCC colt Glenn Querl.

Ganguly has fond memories of the venue, having made a dream debut at Lord's, scoring a century in his first match against a Mike Atherton-led England.
The former India skipper would be in charge of MCC's first-ever Twenty20 fixture against a Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan side, while this will be Lara's first appearance for MCC.
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NHAI okays four-laning of 133km Agartala-Sabroom section
Agartala, 10 June : The NHAI has given its nod to a proposal of the Tripura Government for four-laning of the Agartala-Sabroom section of NH-44.
The 133-km long highway is likely to be reduced to 127 km as geometric improvement will be done in 119 locations and will avoid passage through Agartala and Sipahijala wild life sanctuary. The cost for construction of one km road is likely to be Rs 12-13 crore. The project is likely to entail a cost of Rs 2,000 crore. Scot Wilson India, a consultant agency, has been asked to prepare DPR to execute the project which is slated to be completed by 2013.
Muhtih unveils Tk 132,170 cr budget for 2010-11 fiscal year
Dhaka, 10 June : Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith today unveiled in the Jatiya Sangsad a Taka 132,170 crore national budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 with the single largest allocation proposed for the power sector.
The new fi9scal document includes the development budget of Taka 42, 770 crore and the remaining refers to funding non-development or revenue expenditure of the government, the finance minister told the parliament. Power sector received the biggest allocation of Taka 6,114 crore as a single sector, 81 per cent higher than Taka 3,786 crore during the current fiscal year ending on 30 June.

All the documents are available on the web sites including : www.mof.gov.bd, www.bangladesh.gov.bd, www.nbr-bd-org, www.plancomm.gov.bd, www.imed.gov.bd, www.bdpressinform.org and www.pmo.gov.bd Photo : PID
Singapore's shipper adds another vessel to Kolkata route
Mok Fei Fei, CNA, Singapore, 10 June : Mainboard-listed integrated transportation group Samudera Shipping Line says it is adding another vessel to its Indian route.
The Singapore-based shipper says it added the vessel in its Kolkata-Haldia Express service last Friday. It's doing so in response to increasing demand for cargo to and from Kolkata. With this addition, Samudera says it is able to offer customers an improved frequency of one sailing every week between Singapore and Kolkata. Previously, it used to sail through Kolkata every 16 days.
Currently, Samudera also serves the other ports of the Indian sub-continent, such as Chittagong, Chennai, Colombo and Karachi. Going forward, the firm says it will continue to seek opportunities to build its presence beyond the shores of Southeast Asia.

Indian cabinet approves financial restructuring of BBUNL
New Delhi, Kolkata, 10 June : The government on Thursday said it is transferring the sick units of Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam Ltd (BBUNL) to the the Railways and the Steel Authority of India as part of a financial restructuring.
It said loans would be provided to these units to get them up and running. The administrative control of BBUNL subsidiaries - Burn Standard Company Ltd (BSCL) and Braithwaite & Co Ltd - will be transferred to the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) along with a refractory unit at Salem, Tamil Nadu, the government said after the cabinet meeting.
Another subsidiary Braithwaite, Burn and Jessop Construction Co. Ltd will be merged with BBUNL. The Railways will get control of wagon-making companies of Burn Standard and Braithwaite & Co and make these financially viable again. Photo : PTI

Over 400 kilograms of explosives seized in Malda district
Malda, 10 June : The West Bengal Police on Thursday recovered at least 17 bags filled with explosive powder, each weighing around 25 kilograms.
The Malda and Murshidabad police seized the explosives jointly in the early hours of Thursday in Chowringee of Malda district. The explosives comprised of potassium nitrate, sulphur dioxide, iron powder and sora. Deputy Superintendent of Malda police, Avijit Basu, said that further raids are being conducted.

BD High Court stays govt order closing daily 'Amar Desh'
Dhaka, 10 June : The High Court has stayed for three months the government order stopping publication of the Bangla-daily newspaper Amar Desh.
The court also asked the government to explain within four weeks why the cancellation order, issued by Dhaka's Deputy Commissioner, should not be declared illegal. The bench of justices Nazmun Ara Sultana and Sheikh Hasan Arif gave the orders on Thursday following a writ petition challenging the government order filed by Anwar-ur-Nabi, acting chairman of the recently shut down newspaper.

Five Andaman and Nicobar's tribal groups face extinction
IANS, New Delhi, 10 June : Five primitive tribal groups (PTGs) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands face the threat of extinction, a statement by the ministry of tribal affairs said Wednesday.
The tribes - each having less than 500 members - are Great Andamanese, Onge, Sentinelese, Shompen and Jarawa. According to the statement, the population of the Great Andamanese tribe is 43, that of Onge is 96, Sentinelese is 39, Shompen is 398 and Jarawa is 240. The figures given are as per the 2001 census.
"A central scheme for particularly vulnerable tribal groups covers 75 identified PTGs among the Scheduled Tribes. The scheme is flexible because it enables every state to focus on areas that they consider is relevant to their PTGs and their socio-cultural environment including identities and culture," the statement said.

Man electrocuted while crossing border fence in Nadia dist
Krishnagar, 10 June : One person was electrocuted while trying to cross a high voltage barbed wire fence on the India-Bangladesh border at Shrirampur under Dhantala police station in Nadia district early today.
BSF Commander of 210 Batallion Ramesh Kumar said the incident took place at around 0030 hours when the resident of Kanibauni village in this district tried to cross through the 11,000 volt barbed wire fence. Altogether 12 cattle were there with him of which six perished. The remaining livestock was seized by the BSF.
Train services resume on Tatanagar stretch in Howrah
Kolkata, 10 June : The Mumbai-Howrah Duronto Express and some other trains resumed their journey on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section in West Midnapore district today after being stopped last night following a tip off that Maoists were planning to target the train.
South Eastern Railway sources said the Duranto Express left Tatanagar station at around 7:55 am and was expected to reach Howrah by 11 am. All other halted trains, including Howrah-Tatanagar Steel Express and the Up and Down Tatanagar-Kharagpur passenger trains have also resumed their onward journey at around eight am after being halted at Kalaikunda last night, the sources said.
The trains were halted at Tatanagar, Kharagpur, Kalaikunda and other important stations after the Jhargram GRP alerted authorities last evening about a possible attack by the Maoists on Duranto.

Bangladesh recall batsman Ashraful for Asia Cup Cricket
AFP, Dhaka, 10 June : Bangladesh today recalled seasoned middle-order batsman Mohammad Ashraful for the four-nation Asia Cup starting in Sri Lanka next week, an official said.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Rafiqul Alam said the 25-year-old, who was dropped for the home one-day series against England in March, was back in form. "He batted well in the World Twenty20 and made a fine half century against Pakistan. He also looked in good touch in the practice matches in England," Alam told AFP.
Railway services to Tripura, Assam and Mizoram disrupted
IANS, Silchar, 10 June : Rail services to parts of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram have been suspended after damage to an old rail bridge in southern Assam, officials said Thursday.
'After sudden increase of water in a tributary of Jatinga river, a girder of an old bridge was washed away Wednesday night causing the railway bridge to slant,' Northeast Frontier Railway spokesman Subrata Hajong told reporters. Senior railway officials and engineers have rushed to the spot, 300 km south of Assam's main city, Guwahati. A goods train running between Badarpur to Lumding in southern Assam was also stranded after the damage to the bridge. 'Work has been started to repair the railway bridge. We can not confirm when the railway services would be restored in this region,' Hajong added.
The meter gauge railway line passes through the North Cachar area of southern Assam, connecting Agartala and Bairabi in northern Mizoram besides several districts of southern Assam with the rest of the country.