In the final minutes, East Bengal successfully held off the Mohun Bagan challenge to keep the scoreline intact and thus managed to defend their title that ensured them a place in the AFC Cup next year.
East Bengal thus became the second team after Mohammedan Sporting to win back to back Federation Cup titles.
The red-and-gold brigade had won the same title in Guwahati in the last edition by beating Lajong FC earlier this year. န Photos : Ashoke Chakrabarty, Goal.Com
Midnapore, 2 October : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Saturday accused the states main opposition Trinamool Congress of having a "nexus" with the Maoists and said the Maoists should be thrown out of state. "We have to throw the Maoists out of the boundaries of the state. They have killed many people," said Bhattacharjee. "Many people have left their houses in this district and adjoining districts in the last one year due to the Maoist menace. Now these people are standing up against Maoists and returning to their homes. This is a very good sign," Bhattacharjee said while addressing a Left Front rally at the Midnapore College School Maidan here. Bhattacharjee, while taking a dig at the Trinamool, said the party was working hand in glove with the Maoists. "Why it (Trinamool Congress) held a meeting in Lalgarh? It had gone there to rejuvenate the Maoists, cornered by the joint forces. But this time, even the Trinamool wont be able to save the Maoists. The people have stood up against this unholy nexus," Bhattacharjee added. န Photo : PTI
PTI, Dhaka, 2 October : A top leader of an outlawed militant organisation, JMB was on Saturday arrested in Bangladesh along with two of his associates and huge amount of explosives seized from them.
Elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) troops arrested the suspected Dhaka region chief of outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Sharsul Islam Likhon in a predawn swoop at suburban Savar, officials said. "Our men have arrested JMBs current Dhaka division commander Sharsul Islam Likhon along with a full time and a part time operator of the outfit early this morning," a RAB spokesman told PTI.
Without any immediate elaboration, he said, the raid was carried out on an intelligence report while "huge amount" of explosives were also seized from their hideouts during the operation. The arrest of Likhon came months after Dhaka newspapers carried a report quoting security officials that the nearly depleted banned outfit planned to stage a series of blasts in the capital to signal its re-emergence despite a massive anti-militant campaign.
Security forces arrested last acting JMB chief Anwar Alam, alias Bhanga Shahid, in July 20101 after arrests of his two predecessors earlier while officials quoting the detained militant operatives earlier said the outfit was running without a chief and policy making "sura committee". န Photo : UNB
UNI, Jhargram, 2 October : Hours before Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya's visit to this district, suspected Maoists blew up a community hall at Bandhgora near Jhargram town last night.
Suprintendent of Police M K Varma today said some suspected Maoists exploded the landmine at about 2200 hours last night. Meanwhile, terming Mr Bhattacharya's visit to the district as totally political and fruitless, PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato, now in jail, told UNI that he had given a call for observing the day as 'black day'.
ANI, Port Blair, 2 October : With an objective to streamline and strengthen joint operations, the newly set up Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) conducted a unified exercise for the personnel of Army, Navy and Air Force. This was first of its kind training in Andaman Nicobar Island that is not done on main lands of our country. The Amphibians, a specialised unit of ANC coordinated this exercise. The equipments are also modified according to the geographical condition of island where heavy tanks and army trucks can move easily in deep water. Soldiers are well trained to reach any place of operations on helicopter and slither down with ropes.
The entire theoretical and practical training is given by creating a warlike situation to make soldiers adapt with the true conditions of the island. Speaking to media persons Major Sachin Mahadok, spokesperson of the Amphibians Unit, said units of Indian Army's Armoured Corps and commandoes, ships of Indian Navy and aircraft of Indian Air Force are taking part to reinforce the coordinated strategies.
"The most important thing in training in amphibian domain here is to actually simulate the actual thing. To that end, how do we achieve simulation is by actually carrying out training during firing, then using the noise of the helicopters while slithering and use the smoke. We have something called as smoke, battlefield smoke which we use intelligently to obscure the training round, so as to achieve the same kind of simulation we will get in the battlefield," he added.
During training all the personnel visit each other's defence base and know about their strong and weak points. The joint exercise has given them scope to establish effective coordination among the three wings of the armed forces. The Amphibians Unit, based at Port Blair, has successfully executed the tasks assigned to it under the ANC that was established in 2001.