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Saturday, February 19, 2011

India beat Bangladesh in opening match of "Cricket World Cup"

Mirpur, 19 February : India's Virender Sehwag unleashed a stunning display of strokeplay to smash a blistering 175 as India launched their cricket World Cup campaign with an emphatic 87-run victory over Bangladesh.
Sehwag, who defied a hit on the knee, was in a murderous mood as he combined with young Virat Kohli (100 not out) to propel India to an imposing 370 for four before the visitors restricted the minnows 283 for nine to avenge the shock defeat in the last edition.
Although the Bangladeshi batsmen made a valiant effort, the target proved much too stiff and ultimately lost their way as the asking rate kept mounting. Tamim Iqbal (70) and and skipper Shakib Al Hasan (55) were the notable contributors for Bangladesh.
For India Munaf Patel was the star performer with the ball with figures of four for 48 while Zaheer Khan also chipped in with two wickets for 41 runs. Photos : AFP
I only bother about playing and scoring runs : Viru Sehwag
PTI, Dhaka, 19 February : Man of the match Virender Sehwag termed India's 87-run win over Bangladesh as "revenge" having lost to the same opponents four years ago in Port-of-Spain during last World Cup.
At the post-match conference, when questioned whether it was a revenge game, Sehwag made a curt reply, "I think so." A scribe asked about whether he was under any pressure to perform, he gave a typical Sehwag-like reply, "No pressure for me as I only bother about playing and scoring runs."

Fire breaks out in multi-storey building in central Kolkata
Kolkata, 19 February : A major fire broke out on the third floor of a 4-storey building in the city's central Colootola area, forcing firemen to evacuate residents.
However, there is no report of any casualty, police said. The fire broke out at around 6.30 pm inside a medical equipment godown in the building. Sixteen fire tenders rushed to the spot and it took about four hours to bring the blaze under control, police said. Senior police officers, including the Kolkata Police Commissioner G M Chakraborty, also rushed to the spot.

Buddhadeb slams GJM for creating 'anarchy' in WB's hills
Jalpaiguri, Kolkata, 19 February : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Saturday implicitly attacked the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) for "creating anarchy and violence" in Darjeeling hills and reiterated that discussions are the only way to solve the problem.
"They (GJM) are trying to create problem both in the hills and in the Dooars area. We will not tolerate this anarchy. Everyday, they are creating problems in the hills," said Bhattacharjee, while addressing a gathering in Malbazar area of Jalpaiguri district.
Darjeeling, in the last few months, has witnessed a series of incidents of protest and violence as the leadership of GJM has been constantly pressurising the central and the state government to accept its demand of Gorkhaland. "Discussions are the only way to solve the problem. If everyday there is a demand to divide West Bengal, we cannot accept it. We will never allow division of Bengal. "For so many years we have all stayed together in harmony. Today and in the future also we will stay together with harmony," added Bhattacharjee. Photo : Aritro Roy

3 NDFB (anti-talk) faction militants killed in an encounter
PTI, Goalpara, 19 February : Three NDFB (anti-talk) faction insurgents were killed in an encounter with a joint team of army and police personnel in Goalpara district of Assam in the wee hours today, police said.
During patrolling, the security personnel heard the sound of footsteps from the inside of Bordol reserve forest under Lakhipur police station, defence sources said.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands's first "Film Festival" begins
PTI, Port Blair, 19 February : The first ever film festival of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Indian Panorama, has begun here with the screening of short film 'Three of us' directed by Umesh Kulkarni.
Altogether 14 films, including documentaries, would be screened in the three-day event which was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh last evening.
"The film festival would be organized every year coinciding with the Island Tourism Festival," Singh said.
He said that eminent film personalities should choose these islands as their shooting destination and assured them full support of the administration.
The film festival would give good exposure to the people of the Islands and encourage the younger generation to look for a career in cinema, he said. Photo : Andaman Sheekha

Maoists gun down CPI-M worker in West Midnapore district
Jhargram, 19 February : Maoists gunned down a CPI(M) worker and left the body on the road while joint forces seized a huge cache of arms from a house here in West Midnapore district today.
Additional SP Mukesh Kumar said the body of Bijon alias Babloo Mahato was found lying on the road to Goalmara village along with Maoist posters that claimed he was killed since he was a police informer and a 'harmad' (armed goon). The man was forcibly taken away from his home at nearby Patasimul village last evening. The bullet-ridden body was first sighted in the morning by locals, who intimated the police.
Tripura govt sounds alert on bird flu
Agartala, 19 February : An alert has been sounded in Tripura after the outbreak of bird flu in a state-owned poultry at R K Nagar near here, officials today said.
"The Tripura government has sounded an alert in the state following outbreak of avian influenza in R K Nagar farm (about 6 km from here) and about 3,000 ducks and chicken were culled there yesterday," Principal Secretary of Animal Resource Development department Sriram Taranikant told reporters. He said a team of experts is in the state to oversee the process of culling and preventive measures being taken to contain its spread.
Taranikant said that as preventive measures poultry and egg markets within 10 km radius of the R K Nagar farm were closed, restrictions imposed on the movement of personnel working in the farm, strict surveillance was being maintained in the farm and adjacent areas and the entire area being sanitised.
Former French World Cupper Dhorasoo attends workshop
Kolkata, 19 February : Former French world cup soccer star Vikash Dhorasoo on Saturday attended a workshop organised by Football Players Association (FPA) on Anti-Doping and Tax consulting as a special guest.
FPA President Bhaichung Bhutia inaugurated the workshop and dealt with issues such as doping and tax payment. Doctor Nisith Ranjan Chowdhury spoke on doping laws, player responsibilities and banned substances.
Reliance’ BIG FM to be first Indian radio channel in Bhutan
Reliance Insider, 19 February : Entering into a strategic alliance with Bhutan’s High 92.7 FM radio channel, Reliance Broadcast Network’s radio arm 92.7 BIG FM has become the first-ever Indian radio station to enter Bhutan.
Boasting a 45 city network in India, BIG FM has now extended its reach to Siliguri town of West Bengal and Bhutan, company officials said on Friday.....Read Full Article at Reliance Insider

8,500 police to guard vicinity of Shaheed Minar on 21st Feb
UNB, Dhaka, 19 February : Some 8,500 uniformed police will guard the vicinity of the Central Shaheed Minar on 21st February, the Shaheed Day, as the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner dismissed fear of any unpleasant incident on the occasion.
“We’ve drawn up our security plans analyzing all aspects of any threat although we do not apprehend any untoward incident,” DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed told a press briefing at his office on Saturday afternoon. He said there is no reason for the city dwellers to be worried while visiting the Central Shaheed Minar to pay their homage to the language martyrs as they have adequate security arrangements.
The Police Commissioner said no criminal could escape after committing crimes in the capital in the past and will not be able to do so in the future. He said they have detected all major criminal incidents that occurred in the month of January and arrested the criminals involved.
“We’ll make crime a difficult job,” he said. Benazir said it is the responsibility of all to maintain the sanctity of the Central Shaheed Minar and remain alert against any type of indiscipline.