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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bengali American doctor Siddhartha Mukherjee Bags "Pulitzer"

Agencies, Boston, 19 April : Bengali-American physician Siddhartha Mukherjee's acclaimed book on cancer, 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,' has won the prestigious 2011 Pulitzer prize in the general non-fiction category.
According to the Pulitzer citation, the book by the New York-based cancer physician and researcher is "an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science".
The Pulitzer for general non-fiction is awarded to a "distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category".

It carries a USD 10,000 award.
New Delhi-born Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Centre........ READ MORE

SUCI rules out joining Trinamool Congress-led government
Kolkata, 19 April : Despite having an electoral alliance, Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) today ruled out joining the government if ally Trinamool Congress won the West Bengal Assembly elections.
"Despite our differences with the Trinamool Congress we are supporting it only to defeat the CPI(M). We have no intention of joining the government if Trinamool comes to power," SUCI General Secretary Provas Ghosh told reporters in Kolkata today.
He also said, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee would not invite his party in case of government formation.

"Had it been so she would not have declared candidates for all seats without giving us any seat except the two we are holding now," Ghosh said.
"We had three meetings with Trinamool on seat adjustment.
But without letting us know, the TMC leadership announced a list for all seats," SUCI leader said. File Photo

Major dredging & construction project planned for CHT port
Dredging News Online, 19 April : Port Technology says Maritime and Dredging Corporation of Malaysia is to execute a capital dredging and jetty construction project at Chittagong Port, Bangladesh, in a deal worth TK 20.3 billion (around US$2.8 billion). The company will sign an agreement with port officials on 28 April.

Around 3.5 million m3 of sand with be dredged from from 2.6km area of Karnaphuli river at the downstream of the port's jetty Number 1. A 2.6km long riverbank protection and a 400m jetty will also be constructed.... READ FULL STORY
Mamata Banerjee rejects CPI-M' allegations of black money
Kharda, 19 April : Rejecting CPI(M)'s allegations that her party was using black money to fund the election campaign, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said that the Left party was indulging in mudslinging.
"The CPI(M) is indulging in mudslinging and spreading canards as they have lost their balance and their end is near," Banerjee told an election meeting in North 24-Parganas district.

Bangladesh to host inaugural SAFF club championship, '11
PTI, New Delhi, 19 April : The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) has decided to start a new Football tournament, SAFF Club Championships, with the inaugural edition to be held in Bangladesh from 1-15 September.
The decision to introduce the tournament was taken during the SAFF seminar held here on 14 April which was attended by sports minister Ajay Maken, Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed Hammam and AIFF president Praful Patel among others.
Two clubs from the host country - this time from Bangladesh, two from India and one club each from other SAFF countries will participate in the tournament.The exact format and modalities of the SAFF Club Championships will be decided after receiving the budget from Bangladesh Football Federation, the event organisers, a release from the South Asian body said.
SAFF comprises eight countries - India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.

Tripura CM Manik Sarkar to campaign in West Bengal polls
Agartala, 19 April : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar will campaign for Left Front candidates in Howrah and South and North 24-Parganas districts in poll-bound West Bengal.

"The CPI(M) led Left Front will come back to power and form the government for the eighth term. A section of the media is spreading confusion among the people and projecting that the Left Front would be defeated by the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance," Sarkar told reporters here today.
Repoll in two constituency booths in North Bengal tomorrow
Kolkata, 19 April : Repoll will be held tomorrow in two booths in Karandighi Assembly constituency in North Dinajpur district and Natabari constituency in Coochbehar district of West Bengal.
The repoll was recommended by EC observers due to malfunctioning of EVMs in the two booths during the first phase of polling on 18 April, official sources said here today. The repoll will be held between 7 am and 5 pm.

17presumed dead in Helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh
PTI, Itanagar, 19 April : Seventeen persons were feared killed when a Pawans Hans helicopter with 23 people on board caught fire and crashed into a gorge while landing in Tawang town in Arunachal Pradesh today.
Tawang District Commissioner G Padu said 17 of those on board were 'presumed dead', while six were rescued.
The helicopter, which had taken off from Guwahati at 13:15 hrs, crashed near the helipad on a hilltop in Tawang town falling from a height of 15 metre into the gorge, Pawan Hans sources said.
The helicopter had 18 passengers on board, including two children. The five-member crew included Captain Barun Gupta and Captain Tiwari.
Rescue operations were continuing, the DC said. Photo : PTI

Six killed, 50 injured as bus overturns in Burdwan district
Katwa, Burdwan, 19 April : Six persons were today killed and around 50 others injured when a bus in which they were travelling overturned and fell into a roadside ditch near Katwa in Burdwan district, officials said.

The bus was on its way to Tarapith from Krishnagar when it overturned at Jatinpur near Katwa at around 8.30 am, they said. Six persons died on the spot, they said, adding the injured have been admitted to Katwa Sadar Hospital, where condition of four of them was stated to be serious.
Hardcore W Bengal Maoist arrested in Orissa's Mayurbhanj
PTI, Baripada (Orissa), 19 April : A hardcore Maoist from neighbouring West Bengal, facing over 30 cases including murder, abduction and treason, and two others were arrested in Orissa's Mayurbhanj district, police said today.
The rebel was picked up during a joint raid on a house by CRPF and police from village Budhakhamari in Bangiriposi area, 45 km from here, last night, Mayurbhanj district Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar told reporters here.
The Maoist, identified as Khokan Mahato (35) alias Khagen of village Simili under Jhargram police station of West Midnapore district in West Bengal, was an area commander, he said.
The two others arrested were identified as an associate Naba Mahato and Jitendra Mahanta in whose house the ultra had taken shelter, the SP said. No seizure was made during the raid.
Khokan was wanted in around 30 cases in West Bengal and three in Orissa, Gangwar said.
Sourav is the best Indian Cricket captain : Md. Azharuddin
Kolkata, 19 April : Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin yesterday said it was Sourav Ganguly's good work that has helped Mahendra Singh Dhoni yield rich dividends.
"Sourav Ganguly was the best India captain who made a major turnaround in Indian cricket in bad times. Current captain M S Dhoni has improved it further to yield highest dividend," Azharuddin said here yesterday.
Azharuddin declined to make any comment about Sourav not being bought by any of the 10 franchises. "Its upto the management of the franchisees.
Welcoming players in cricket administration, the former India captain said, "Its always good for players in administration as has been done in the Karnataka Cricket Association."
Azhar feels that there is no need to speculate on Sachin Tendulkar's retirement.
"Sachin knows what he is doing. He doesn't need any service.