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Saturday, October 2, 2010

East Bengal down MohunBagan to retain Federation Cup crown

PTI, Cuttack, 2 October : East Bengal rode on a Reisangmei Vashum goal in the second-half to beat arch-rivals Mohun Bagan 1-0 and defend the 32nd Federation Cup title at floodlit Barabati Stadium here today.
The former Churchill Brothers medio scored the all-important goal in the 55th minute from a long ball off Mehtab Hossain. Robin Singh chested it down for Vashum to score the match-winner as East Bengal won their seventh Federation Cup title.
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. Photos : Ashoke Chakrabarty, Goal.Com

Maoists should be thrown out of West Bengal : Buddhadeb
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. Photo : PTI
Rapid Action Battalion arrest JMBs Dhaka chief, two others
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". Photo : UNB
Maoists blow up community hall, hours before CM's visit
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'.
Amazing success of Bangladesh's Income Tax 'funfairs' BBC News, Dhaka, 2 October : Two special fairs held this week in Bangladesh have proved hugely popular, but they are not for thrill-seekers. The people who have voluntarily queued for hours at the events want to start paying income tax - in a country where hardly anyone ever does. And the revenue-starved authorities are stunned by the idea's success, finds the BBC's Ethirajan Anbarasan in Dhaka. READ FULL STORY
Ramesh announces Rs 7 crore plan for forest infrastructure PTI, Jalpaiguri2 October : Indian Environment minister Jairam Ramesh has announced a Rs 7crore plan for developing forest infrastructure, including setting up 10 watch towers, along railway tracks in the district where seven elephants were crushed to death by a goods train last week. "Ten watch-towers will be set up at vulnerable points along the 168 km stretch and the Centre has offered a Rs 7crore assistance package for railway development work like embankments, fencing and girders," he told reporters yesterday after visiting Banarhat area in Jalpaiguri district where the elephants were run over and killed by a goods train on 23 September.
Essar, GMR among 8 bidders for PPP power project in BD Business Standard, Mumbai, 2 October : India’s Essar Power and GMR are among the global bidders for a 450-Mw dual fuel power project planned by the Bangladesh government at Sirajgonj, about 140 km from Dhaka. If either GMR or Essar succeed, this will be among the first such projects by a private sector Indian power producer in Bangladesh. Recently, public sector NTPC Ltd had signed a deal with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for setting up a 1,320-Mw power plant there... READ FULL STORY
Joint training exercise for Indian Armed Forces in Andaman
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.
"We are trying to get together the persons from all other Commands and Fleets in India, the Army, the Air Force and the Navy on a common platform. To this end, how do we achieve this, is by carrying out and synergising the training of the Army, Air Force and Navy to optimise the results in actual battlefield (conditions)," said Major Sachin Mahadok. He also said that this joint exercise would enable the personnel posted at ANC to face any battle-like situation.
"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.