Somdev, who now has 568 points, failed to make the main draw of the ATP 250 event in Austria after losing the second round of the qualifiers.
In the WTA list, Sania Mirza gained a place to 166 in the singles chart with 356 points while she jumped three positions in the doubles to 64 with 1238 points.
Leander Paes (5), Mahesh Bhupathi (14) and Rohan Bopanna (16) remained static in the doubles chart.
Kolkata, 25 October : West Bengal Assembly Speaker Hasim Abdul Halim, who was admitted to a city nursing home after he complained of chest pain, was taken off the ventilator today as his health is improving gradually.
"At present, his condition is stable with gradual improvement. He has been weaned off the ventilator and is breathing on his own," a statement from the nursing home said. It said that Halim had mild fever for which he was being given antibiotics. The Speaker, who is being advised soft and liquid diet, will remain at the Nursing Home CCU for sometime for close monitoring, the statement said.
"We are set to hold a meeting later today on the UNFPA report, which has been launched apparently without valid reference just months ahead of the launching of our National Census in March 2011", a senior planning ministry official said.He said Finance Minister AMA Muhith, who yesterday termed the UNFPA''s report as "unauthorised meddling", called the inter-ministerial meeting, which is expected to take a decision for a formal protest. "They (UNFPA) did not consult with the government and it was done in a peculiar way," Muhith told a seminar adding that the UN agency did it beyond their authority. He also suspected some "evil quarters" were behind the report. "I have no knowledge about the UNFPA claim and I was not consulted before revealing such a report on Bangladesh," he earlier told the state run BSS news agency.
UNFPA on Thursday in its "State of the World Population 2010" report revealed that the population of Bangladesh is now 164.4 million, with a growth rate of 1.4% per thousand. The UNFPA report came ahead of Bangladesh''s national population and household census scheduled for March 2011 while the last national population census was conducted in 2001. The UNFPA report said, Bangladesh''s population is increasing at a rate of 1.4 per cent per year and predicted it to be 222.5 million by 2050.
PTI, Agartala, 25 October : Thirty-five cadres of the ruling CPI(M) have joined Congress in Kamalpur subdivision of Dhalai district, party sources said here today.
The CPI(M) cadres joined the opposition party after a meeting at the residence of a local Congress leader Yogesh Namashudra on Saturday, the sources said. District Congress President Manoj Kanti Deb, who was also present in the meeting, handed over party flags to the new-comers. The CPI(M) workers had joined Congress in protest against corruption and nepotism of the local leaders of the ruling party, they said.
The meeting was aimed at hammering a way out for the passage of the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2007, which has been opposed by the Railway Minister, who believes that the legislation would run counter to the stand she took over Nandigram and Singur issues in West Bengal.
Government sources said the bill would not make a headway till Banerjee participates in the consultations to resolve the deadlocks. Rural Development Minister CP Joshi attended the meeting and briefed Mukherjee about "his Ministry's stand on the apprehensions raised by Banerjee with regard to the proposed bill," government sources said. န File Photo
Shillong, 25 October : Five members of a family and a minor were killed today when a jeep they were travelling in plunged into a gorge at Barapani, about 15 km from, police said.
They said that the jeep carrying about 20 people, coming from Shillong, lost control at a sharp curve and plunged into a 100-metre gorge, killing six passengers and injuring the rest. The injured passengers were admitted to the emergency ward of the Shillong civil hospital.
The approval was given at the regular cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. According to the approved policy titled "Compensation Policy- 2010 for Life and Property of the People Attacked by Wild Animals", Taka 50,000 would be provided for the persons who would be injured by the wild animals and Taka 25,000 for the damages of their properties by the animals.
PTI, Guwahati, 25 October : An ‘area commander’ of the NDFB anti-talk faction was apprehended by the BSF in upper Assam’s Golaghat district.
The man identified as Daibu Basumatary alias B. Dhnang was nabbed from Golaghat town yesterday, BSF sources said. An amount of Rs. 2360 and a mobile phone were seized from his possession, BSF sources today said. Basumatary had joined the NDFB in 2005 and was trained in handling of arms and explosives in Bangladesh in May 2008, the sources said.
UNB, Khulna, 25 October : A special court, designed to deal with 2009 BDR mutiny, began trial proceedings against alleged mutineers of 23 rifles battalion on Monday morning.
Complainant Subedar Major Jaalal Ahmmad placed complains against 59 accused before a panel of three-judges, led by Rajshahi BDR Sector Commander Col Ehia Azam Khan, after the Special Court-12 started. Prosecutor Lt Col Mohammad Mahfuzul Haq briefed media about the first day`s trial proceedings which ended at 1pm (BDST).
PTI, Itanagar, 25 October : Shoot at sight orders were clamped on Namsai town after around 500 non-Arunachalese allegedly set ablaze some residences at New and Old Mohong villages, in Arunachal Pradesh's Lohit district, police said today.
The administration had issued the orders to prevent further escalation of violence after at least seven houses were set on fire yesterday, Lohit deputy commissioner R K Sharma said.
The siltation has taken an acute shape in Narashimpur of Chandpur and Haringhata of Shariatpur district. The ferry service on the route remained stranded for hours causing severe inconveniences to passengers.
Md. Shahajahan, Manager, BIWTA said survey for dredging the river been completed. The dredging of the river will be started at a cost of Taka five crore soon. On completion of the dredging, the ferry service on the route will be improved, he said.