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Friday, October 15, 2010

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal named Wisden test player of the year

AFP, London, 15 October : Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal beat competition from established stars such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Jacques Kallis to be named the Wisden Cricketer magazine's 'World Test Player of the Year'.
Tamim heads a field of exceptional performers, beating England offspinner Graeme Swann into second place and Sehwag into third.
The accolade completes a remarkable double success for Bangladesh which has now produced successive Test Players of the Year, with former captain Shakib-Al-Hassan taking the award in 2009.

Tamim scored 837 runs at 59.78 in seven Tests during 2010, despite his team failing to win a single one of them during the year.
"Batting with a bulldozer mentality that drew rightful comparisons with the mighty Virender Sehwag, Tamim took the attitude that all bowlers were there to be destroyed, irrespective of method or reputation. Though his highest score of 151 came against India at Dhaka back in January, his finest performances were reserved for an England attack that put all other opponents in their pockets during a remarkable and unbeaten 18 months," the magazine wrote in its citation for the batsman.
"England in 2010 was no place to be a visiting batsman. With the Dukes ball doing handstands in swing-friendly conditions, Tamim surged to a brace of glorious hundreds at Lord's and Old Trafford that scrambled England's gameplans and left them waiting for errors that rarely materialised," it added.
Wisden Cricketer Test Player of the Year : 1.Tamim Iqbal, 2.Graeme Swann, 3.Virender Sehwag, 4.Simon Katich, 5.Dale Steyn, 6.Morne Morkel, 7.Sachin Tendulkar, 8.Zaheer Khan, 9.Jacques Kallis, 10.James Anderson. Photos : Reuters

BA flight makes unscheduled landing at Kolkata NS airport
Kolkata, 15 October : A British Airways flight bound to Singapore from London, made an unscheduled landing at the NSC Bose International Airport here on Friday, after an on board passenger fell ill, airport sources said.
The pilot of the BA flight sought permission from the airport authorities to land, as a passenger in the flight was ill and needed immediate medical attention, the sources said. The aircraft landed at the airport at 11.27am and the passenger was immediately rushed to a private hospital, the sources added.

Year of Biodiversity observes 'green' Durga Puja in Agartala
UNI, Agartala, 15 October : Even as magnificent replicas of temples, prominent buildings and Himalayan ice capped peaks are attracting enthusiastic spectators to the Durga Puja pandals this time, a small and inconspicuous club of Agartala has decided to organise Puja to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB).
The organisers - Chhatra Sangha Club - have modelled their pandal on the theme of conservation of natural resources. Hundreds of slogans concerning conservation of bio resources and spreading awareness against the increasing trend of car culture, burning of fossil fuels adorn the pandal.

''Durga Puja is the only festival where people participate at large with religious fervor and we can convey the message easily and that will remain in the visitors' mind for an exceptionally long time,'' said Dhiman Daschoudhury, organiser of the theme, adding that there were huge crowds on Mahasasthi night.
He pointed out that with the call of the UNO, the entire world was celebrating IYB this year in different forms but as a club, Durga Puja was the best option to vouch for eco-sustainability and launch campaign for conservation of natural resources.
The burning of fossil fuels, mostly in the transport sector, had been affecting the atmosphere by increasing the percentage of green house gases. The state had not yet formulated any strategy to control the increasing number of vehicles nor to maintain urban ecology, Mr Daschoudhury added.
There are about 2000 community pujas in the state this year, a slight increase from the last year's 1953, and out of them 1028 are in urban areas, including 277 in Agartala, while 962 are in rural areas.
More than 12,000 policemen have been deployed during Puja days while special measures with deployment of plainclothes security personnel, bomb and dog squads, besides installation of check gates in all the entry points of Agartala have been taken. Photos : Parthajit Dutta