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Sunday, January 9, 2011

IPL auction : No takers for Sourav Ganguly, Won't play in IPL 4

PTI, Bangalore, 9 January : Turned out to be one of the major embarrassments in his chequered career, Sourav Ganguly was left red-faced as none of the 10 franchises put his name up in the wish list for the second time after the first round of auctions ended in Bangalore on Sunday.
Similarly Chris Gayle, Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya were all rejected during the first round and never came up for a second discussion. Only Mohammed Kaif turned out to be real lucky as he was finally snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $130,000 after being ignored twice.
The real story of the day was Ganguly. Speculations were rife throughout the day that one of the franchises might just pick him once the unsold players are put up for the second time. To everyone's horror, among the 28 players who were re-auctioned at the request of the franchises, Ganguly's name didn't figure.
There is every reason that the most successful Indian captain will feel insulted as he had prolonged his cricketing career only to play in the IPL. With franchises turning their backs on him, it is certainly one of the most ignominous ends for the Prince of Kolkata. File Photos : AP

We will establish industry in Singur if people want it : CM
Singur, Kolkata, 9 January : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said industry could again be set up at the place from where the Tatas pulled out their small car project in Singur if the people so wished.
“If the people are willing, then we will establish industry on the same land from where the Tatas pulled out,” Bhattacharjee who visited Singur for the first time since the Tatas withdrew their Nano project in October 2008 told a Left Front rally. Referring to the Trinamool Congress agitation against land acquisition for the small car project which led the Tatas to leave, Mr. Bhattacharjee said, “When we decided to bring the Nano factory to Singur, we had thought it would help in the economic growth of the area which would be much more than from agriculture. “But we never thought that a political party will create a situation where Tatas will have to withdraw,” he said.
“The withdrawal of the Nano factory from Singur was not a loss to the Tatas because they are doing good business from Gujarat, but it was a great loss for the people of Singur and for the state,” Bhattacharjee said. Without naming the Trinamool Congress, Buddhadeb Babu said “Whenever we have worked for development they have only tried to obstruct us and with violence. Photos : PTI, Sanjay Bhaduri
DSE suffers steepest fall in history
UNB, Dhaka, 9 January : The shares in the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on Sunday witnessed a sharp fall of 600 points, the highest ever in the history of the country’s premier bourse.
The DSE General Index opened at 7735.21 points as the trading began on the first trading day of the week, but fell to 7135.02 points at the closing, much to the despair of the investors. The DGEN shed 7.75 percent on the day. Of the total issues traded, prices of 241 declined and only four gained while no issue remained unchanged. A total of 210,905 shares were traded on the day.
The four lucky gainers of the day were Rahim Textile, Monno Jute Stafflers, GrameenPhone and Apex Spinning. The most popular adage ‘Morning shows the day’ does not always come true, especially at the volatile DSE.
Additional police and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were deployed in front of the DSE building to avert any trouble as the share prices started to fall rapidly.
Ganguly fans burn Shah Rukh Khan's effigy in Kolkata
Kolkata, 9 January : Angry over Kolkata Knight Riders' decision to not bid for Sourav Ganguly at the IPL auction, the fans of the former India skipper burnt KKR's principal owner Shah Rukh Khan in effigy on Sunday.
Not only KKR but none of the nine other IPL franchisees showed interest in Ganguly. "No Sourav, no cricket," the fans said holding placards. They alleged that a "political conspiracy" was hatched against Ganguly. "We will boycott KKR matches here," they said.
ULFA military chief in China, claims Manipuri militant leader
PTI, New Delhi, 9 January : Paresh Baruah, the military chief of the banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), seems to be enjoying hospitality in China. His presence in the neighbouring country has been confirmed by the arrested head of a Manipuri militant group.
United National Liberation Front ( UNLF) chief R K Sanayaima alias Meghen, arrested last month in Bihar by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), confessed during interrogation that he had met the elusive 'commander-in-chief' of ULFA during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The Shanghai World Expo was held between 1 May to 31 October, 2010.
Sources said 54-year-old Baruah has been mostly based in Yunnan province of China bordering Myanmar but he frequents northern Myanmar's Kachin areas.
Bangladesh has many indigenous foods with power to prevent cancer, heart diseases, diabetes : Reports
Dhaka, 9 January : It is a good news that many indigenous foods of the country prevent cancer, heart diseases and diabetes.
Such indigenous foods also act as preventive against human chronic degenerative diseases like cataracts, and muscular and neurodegenerative diseases. Several researches carried out over the last few years on a number of selected indigenous foods of Bangladesh including vegetables, fruits, spices, legumes, cereal and tea showed these have anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic actions. Some of the analyzed foods were found highly active in three health beneficiary activities.
Such healthy characteristics are available in ripe wood apple (paka bel), bean (shim), green chilli, brown mustard seeds, black gram (mashkalai dal), locally grown green tea, Radhuni, Mouri, black sesame seed (kalo til), lentil (mushur dal), black cumin seed (kalojeera), brinjal (begun), potatoes, Kalmi shak, green coriander leaves (dhane pata), green mint (pudina), carambola (kamranga), rose apple (golap jam) and jamrul.
Dr Nazma Shaheen, Professor, Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS) of Dhaka University, carried out a yearlong research on 41 indigenous foods of Bangladesh at the National Food Research Institute (NFRI) in Tsukuba, Japan from March 2008 to March 2009 and found out the health beneficial effects of these foods.

$170m WB support to improve sanitation services in Ctg.
BSS, Dhaka, 9 January : The Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWASA) has started implementation of a US$ 170 million project aimed at ensuring access of the city dwellers to safe drinking water and improved sanitation.
The World Bank (WB) is providing the financial support to the CWASA to implement the project titled Chittagong Water Supply Improvement and Sanitation Project (CWSISP), according to a statement issued by the WB today.
Suspected Maoists kill one in West Midnapore district
Jhargram, 9 January : A group of suspected Maoists gunned down a villager in West Midnapore district, police said Sunday.
"Jamil Soren of Garra village near Lalgarh was dragged out of his house Saturday night and shot dead. Maoists are suspected to be behind the crime. But no Maoist posters were recovered from the spot," a senior police officer said. Locals said Jamil was a former member of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).
BGMEA starts environment survey at Dhaka' garment units
Dhaka, 9 January : Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has started a survey at the city's garment factories to see working environment.
The survey has been started under the initiative of the South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SIDF) and Bangladesh Export Oriented Garments Washing Industries Owners Association (BEOGWIOA). As part of the survey, a BGMEA team made a visit to Interstof Apparels Ltd in Gazipur yesterday, said a BGMEA release.
EU diplomats in Dhaka divided over war crimes trial: Report
Dhaka, 9 January : EU diplomats in Dhaka are apparently divided on their common position over trial of the people accused of war crimes during the 1971 independence war of Bangladesh, a media report said on Saturday.
The difference of opinion surfaced among the diplomats about what public position the European Union should take on the adequacy of the International Crimes (Tribunal) Act 1973, under which major Bengali-speaking suspects of the war crimes were being exposed to justice, The New Age newspaper said.
Quoting a British High Commission official, the report said the UK government acknowledged the criticisms of the 1973 act made by international lawyers.
"We concur with the opinion of the International Bar Association War Crimes Committee, ie, that whilst the 1973 act is broadly compliant with international standards, we would want to see the adoption of its 17 recommendations," the High Commission's political and global issues secretary Jon Ryan told the Age.
But the chair of the EU's Human Rights Task Force which comprises EU diplomats based in Dhaka Andrew Barnard told the newspaper earlier that "although there may be some 'technical' shortcomings in the legislation, they will not necessarily lead to a miscarriage of justice".
According to the report Barnard's comments sparked a controversy among EU diplomats that prompted him to issue a subsequent statement saying, "it is for Bangladesh to decide whether to bring perpetrators of crimes during the war of independence to trial".
"The EU would however urge Bangladesh to ensure that trials meet international standards for fair judicial processes," the statement said.
British High Commissioner in Dhaka Stephen Evans last week told PTI that his country appreciated the initiatives for exposure of the perpetrators of the 1971 crimes but it expected the process to comply with the international standards and ensure the suspects rights of defence.