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Mohun Bagan to leave for Fed Cup final on Thursday

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) City football giants Mohun Bagan will be leaving for Guwahati on Thursday to play in the Federation Cup final against Aizawl FC.

The match scheduled for May 21 will kick-off at 7 p.m. at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

Mohun Bagan qualified for the final after comprehensively beating Shillong Lajong 5-0 on aggregate in a two-legged semi-final.

They won the first leg at home 5-0 and played out a goalless draw in the return leg.

Aizawl beat Sporting Clube de Goa in the semi-final.

Mohun Bagan have won the Federation Cup 13 times, the most by any Indian club. It is the first final for Aizawl who were relegated from the recent I-League.

The squad: Debjit Majumder (Goalkeeper), Kinshuk Debnath, Bikramjit Singh, Lenny Rodrigues, Luciano Sobrosa, Katsumi Yusa, Sony Norde, Azaharuddin Mallick, Pronay Halder, Pritam Kotal, Sanjay Balmuchu, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Das Sarma (Goalkeeper), Souvik Chakrabarti, Cornell Glen, Abhishek Das

Officials : Sanjoy Sen - Head Coach, Sankarlal Chakraborty- Assistant Coach



Assembly speakers of northeastern states to meet on May 30

Agartala, May 24 (IANS) The three-day conference of North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) comprising speakers and deputy speakers of eight northeastern states would commence here on May 30.

“The summit would strengthen parliamentary democracy and facilitate a dialogue between the presiding officers of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and legislative bodies of northeast,” Tripura assembly Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath told reporters here on Tuesday.

He said Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan would inaugurate the conference, which will be attended by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha and senior AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, and Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra.

Meghalaya assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal, who is the chairman of the NERCPA, and speakers, deputy speakers of all eight northeastern states, some parliamentarians, the Tripura chief minister, governor and parliamentary affairs minister, would also participate in the conference.

Tripura assembly Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar said that besides discussion on strengthening parliamentary democracy, soil erosion in northeastern region, a burning issue here, would also be discussed.

“Impact of soil erosion on the local populace and how political intervention could check this problem would be highlighted by the experts,” Kar added.

Speaker Debnath said that the four-day 78th edition of the annual All India Presiding Officers’ Conference, held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, decided that the assembly sessions of big states must be held for 100 days in a year while in small states, including eight northeastern states, the session must be held at least for 60 days.

However, on an average 20 to 25 days’ sessions are being held in most of the assemblies in northeastern states.

“We have no huge business, matters and issues to be discussed in the assembly in a larger number of days,” Debanth added.



Federation Cup: Mohun Bagan 5-0 Aizawl FC - Sony Norde stars as Bagan lift their 14th Federation Cup title

Mohun Bagan downed Aizawl FC 5-0 with goals from Sony Norde (48’), Dhanachandra Singh (58’).,Jeje Lalpekhlua (73’ and 88’) and Bikramjit Singh (82’) to win the 2016 edition of the Federation Cup.

Mohun Bagan started with their strongest eleven with Debjit Majumder between the sticks, Pritam Kotal and Dhanachandra Singh operating as two full-backs while Luciano Sobrosa and Kinshuk Debnath being the two centre-backs. Pronay Halder, Bikramjit Singh manning the middle of the park while Jeje Lalpekhlua, Cornell Glen, Sony Norde and Katsumi Yusa sharing the attacking duties.

For Aizawl FC, Jahar Das started all of his four foreign players in Emmanuel Chigozie, Yuta Kinowaki, Joel Sunday and Alfred Jaryan.

Mohun Bagan had the first chance as early as in he third minute. Yusa and Glen combined and found Norde who made space for himself down the left and cut it back for Jeje. The Mizoram striker shot from close range but Ricky Lallawmawma was at hand to block his effort.

The very next minute saw Albert Zohmingmawia run down the right as he eased past Bikramjit Singh but Sobrosa quickly got across to clear the danger.

Thereafter, the play was restricted to the middle of the park with both teams struggling to break down the opposition’s defense.

In the 24th minute, Lalmuankima’s delicious cross from the left missed the onrushing Sunday by a whisker.

After the half hour mark, Yusa’s corner-kick fell to an unmarked Glen whose tame shot was easily gathered by Poirei.

Aizawl’s left channel wasn’t very effective for most of the first half while Bagan hoped that their central midfield partnership of Bikamjit and Pronay put in a dominating performance in the second session.

The deadlock was broken just three minutes into the second half. Bikramjit’s lobbed pass into the opposition box saw Jeje chest it down onto the path of an onrushing Norde. The Haitian was under no pressure whatsoever as he slotted the ball home with the simplest of finishes as Poirei couldn’t stop it despite diving to his right.

The Reds of Mizoram had a chance to equalise soon after but Chigozie failed to keep his effort on target from a corner.

The Kolkata outfit doubled their lead in the 58th minute. Yusa’s corner was aimed towards to the far post where Dhanachandra’s powerful header didn’t offer Poirei any chance whatsoever.

Norde went on a brilliant run from the left however, he was stopped in his tracks by Lalcchawnkima who put in a timely challenge.

The Green and Maroon brigade all but confirmed their victory in the 73rd minute when Jeje added his name on the scoresheet. Glen’s back-heel for Jeje saw the latter’s curling effort sail into the bottom corner as Aizawl FC were stunned as to what had hit them after the break.

Kinowaki had a rare chance to pull one back for his team but his shot from inside the box missed the target, much to the disappointment of Aizawl fans.

In the 82nd minute, Bikramjit Singh slotted the ball into an empty net from close range. This was after Norde ran from the left past a couple of Aizawl defenders to square it for the midfielder who applied the finishing touch.

Four minutes later, Debjit was called into action as he tipped a Sunday shot from outside the box for a corner.

The final nail in the coffin came in the 88th minute as substitute Azharuddin Mullick crossed from the left for Jeje who tapped into the net as Aizawl defense was guilty of not marking the latter inside the box.

The Mariners deserved their victory for an outstanding performance in the second half as Sanjoy Sen’s half-time team talk did the wonders.

Seven get four years imprisonment for publicly torturing woman in Tripura

Agartala (Tripura), May 18 (ANI): A local court has convicted seven persons and sent them to jail for four years for thrashing a woman in public after tying her to a pillar.
The incident occurred two years ago on the outskirts of Agartala, the state capital.
“The court under IPC Section 143, 147, 123, 342 and 354 (B) has found them guilty and according prescribed punishment of 3 months jail for 143, one year for 147, six months for 123, six months for 342 and four years for the 354 (B). Moreover, each has been fined with Rs 10,000 or six months imprisonment. Even the women found guilty will have same term of imprisonment,” said Public Prosecutor Bhaskar Debbarma.
Soma Majumder (Debnath), a 37-year-old housewife was assaulted and molested by a group of people, including women, who tortured her inhumanly at Tata Kalibari on October 6, 2014.
According to report on October 5, some youths were consuming alcohol in public, which led her husband protested. But these youths forced him to drink alcohol.
The following day she was called to a local club and beaten and molested in full public glare by several people including some women. No one from the crowd came forward to her rescue.
The issue came to light when a local television channel aired the incident, triggering a major political storm against the Left Front government. People cutting across party lines strongly protested the incident.
After the incident, the victim went to a local women police station where cops refused to lodge her complaint and later after the then Governor had to intervene she was able to lodge an FIR against 20 persons.
Today the court has found seven person including three women guilty and ordered their imprisonment for four years along with fine of Rs 10000 each or another addition six months in jail.
A total of 46 still photographs, recovered materials - rope, sandal along with a video footage showing the humiliation of Soma by tying her to a pillar in public were sent to Forensic Laboratory in Guwahati for verification. (ANI)

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Draghi in QE Quandary After Draining Bond Market by $800 Billion

The biggest buyer of European government bonds may have to start spreading its money around a bit more widely.

The European Central Bank expanded the size of its debt-buying program in April by a third to 80 billion euros ($89 billion) a month and appears to be running out of securities eligible under its own rules.

Monetary policy makers increased purchases of Irish and Portuguese bonds last month by less than it did for German debt, suggesting demand already threatens to outstrip supply from some countries. Banks say it might have to include more bonds or risk diluting the stimulus to the economy the quantitative easing is designed to inject.

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“Everything is on the table,” said Richard McGuire, head of rates strategy at Rabobank International. “Whenever they meet resistance, they get around it by adjusting the rules, adjusting the limits or targeting new asset classes.”

Purchases at the moment are based on the size of a country’s economy and there are exclusions linked to debt restructuring. Rabobank estimates 1.13 trillion euros of bonds currently off limits could be eligible should the ECB change the parameters.

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The ECB started buying sovereign debt in March last year and has spent more than $800 billion. An ECB spokesman said on Tuesday that the bank is confident the program will continue to be implemented smoothly and it sees no shortage of eligible assets under the current rules. President Mario Draghi said a month ago that there were no plans to make any changes.

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The securities are acquired through each country’s central bank and broadening the remit would particularly help relieve pressure on Germany. While the country has a lower amount of outstanding debt compared with say Italy, the Bundesbank currently must buy a greater amount because its economy is the largest.

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“Germany is definitely affected very much by lack of eligible bonds,” said Daniel Lenz, lead market strategist at DZ Bank in Frankfurt. “Outstanding volumes compared to other countries are low and new bond issuances are also low.”

German bonds have been the best performers among the 10 largest markets eligible in the ECB program, returning 2.2 percent over the 14 months of its lifespan. But at today’s pace of bond buying, Germany would exhaust the supply of sovereign bonds by September 2016 or February 2017 if the debt of German regions is included, assuming the ECB doesn’t broaden its criteria.

“They are basically building the boat in the open sea,” McGuire said.

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West Bengal: Boat capsize toll rises to 20, Centre seeks report

THE TOLL in the boat capsize incident in Ganga river near Kalna Ghat in Bardhaman district rose to 20 on Tuesday with the fishing out of the body of a middle-aged woman.

Nadia District Magistrate Vijay Bharti said the body of 50-year-old Shephali Mondal, a resident of Shantipur, was found in the river during a search operation on Tuesday morning. The body of Taranga Debnath (76) — resident of Haripur in Nadia district— who was thought to have been missing after the mishap, was identified among the bodies recovered on Monday, he added.

Twenty people, including six children and nine women, have so far been fished out from the river. Late Saturday, the boat — reportedly ferrying about 55 people, much above its capacity — had overturned when it was on its way to Shantipur in Nadia carrying passengers from a fair at Kalna in Bardhaman across the river.

Meanwhile, the police have initiated a probe into the incident, based on a complaint lodged by Kalna municipality against the ferry service authorities. Kalna Municipality Chairman Debo Prasad Nag, in a police complaint, has alleged that Ranjit Modak — the man behind the operation of ferry services between Kalna and Shantipur — had violated his agreement with the civic body.

He alleged that Modak — who is absconding — had failed to ensure standard safety measures, including keeping a speed boat on stand-by. Moreover, according to their agreement, ferry services should have been suspended in case of bad weather and the boat was supposed to carry ropes and at least four tubes to help people keep afloat in case of an accident.

While a suo motu case has also been initiated by the Kalna police, the Centre has sought a detailed report from the Bengal government about the incident.

Search operations for other missing persons are still on in Nadia and Bardhaman. “The search operations will continue till we are satisfied that nobody is missing. There can be people missing about whom no report has been filed. So we need to continue the search operation for that,” Bardhaman SP Gaurab Sharma said.

Federation Cup Final: Mohun Bagan to travel to Guwahati with full strength squad

As thirteen time champions Mohun Bagan take to the field on Saturday against giant-slayers Aizawl FC, the Mariners remain the favourites with all first team regualrs in attendance to try and win back the Federation Cup for the first time since 2008.

Sanjoy Sen has not tinkered much with his 18 man squad from their 0-0 draw at Shillong last weekend as they progressed to their 19th final after winning 5-0 on aggregate. The only change sees young midfielder Tirthankar Sarkar lose out to Abhishek Das, providing defensive cover.

Defender Kinshuk Debnath and midfielder Pronay Halder were rested in the second leg of the semi-final after being booked in the home leg and both are expected to make it to the playing eleven in the summit clash. Opposition skipper David Lalrinmuana, however is suspended from the final after getting sent off in the semi-final against Sporting Clube de Goa.

Mohun Bagan’s full squad :

Goalkeepers : Debjit Majumder, Arnab Das Sarma.

Defenders : Luciano Sobrosa, Kinshuk Debnath, Raju Gaikwad, Dhanachandra Singh, Pritam Kotal, Sanjay Balmuchu, Abhishek Das.

Midfielders : Pronay Halder, Lenny Rodrigues, Souvik Chakrabarti, Bikramjit Singh, Katsumi Yusa.

Strikers : Cornell Glen, Sony Norde, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Azharuddin Mallick.

Bengal boat capsize: 19 bodies fished out, search on

NINETEEN BODIES, including that of six children and eight women, have so far been recovered from Ganga river near Kalna Ghat of Bardhaman district, in which an overcrowded boat sank on Saturday night.

“Till now, bodies of 19 people have been found, including the one recovered Sunday night. Of these, 17 have been identified as residents of Shantipur,” said Nadia’s District Magistrate Vijay Bharti on Monday.

The children’s bodies have been identified as that of Avik Biswas (4), Rina Halder (9), Sonali Biswas (13), Parikhit Roy (9), Laxmi Barman (6), and Bristi Biswas (7), a government statement said.

“We have announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of each of the deceased,” the DM said.

A 65-year-old woman, Taranga Debnath from Nadia, is still reported to be missing even as the district disaster management team, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police continued to search for more bodies.

“There is hardly any hope of finding anyone alive now. We are trying to ensure that all the missing persons are found but the murky water and heavy growth on the river bed are hindering rescue operations,” said a senior NDRF official.

Paltu Bag, chairman of Kalna municipality said seven bodies were recovered near Kalna and the rest from Shantipur Ghat. The identified bodies have been handed over to their families after necessary formalities, he said, adding that other passengers of the boat were sent to Kalna sub-division hospital for medical assistance.

Trinamool Congress leader and minister Swapan Debnath visited the relatives of those admitted at the hospital and assured all help.

Alleging that the rescue operations were carried out in a slow manner, locals claimed that had the officials been more proactive, more lives could have been saved. “More than twice the permissible number of passengeres boarded the boat in the presence of the police but they did not stop this,” said the relative of a missing person.

Meanwhile, 15 persons have been arrested in connection with rioting and setting several boats on fire at Shantipur in Nadia during protests on Sunday over alleged delay by the administration in initiating the rescue operations, police sources said. “Most of them are from Shantipur. They have been charged under various sections of the IPC for rioting,” Nadia SP Sheesh Ram Jhajharia said.

According to district administration, the boat was ferrying about 55 people, much above its capacity, and overturned in the river when it was on its way back to Shantipur in Nadia district carrying passengers from a fair at Kalna in Bardhaman district on the opposite bank.

Alleging police inaction and delay in rescue operations, an irate mob had set six boats and a waiting room on fire. They also pelted the police with stones, injuring Assistant Sub-Inspector Md Iliyas and another constable. Police had to fire rubber bullets and tear gas shells to bring the mob under control.

(With PTI inputs)

India National Football Team: Constantine names list of 34 players to attend camp in Guwahati

India national team head coach Stephen Constantine has called 34 players for the preparatory camp to be held in Guwahati from this Thursday ahead of India’s AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifier against Laos. The Blue Tigers will play the first leg away from home on June 2 while the return leg will be played in Guwahati on June 7.

A number of new faces have made it into the list including Aizawl FC skipper David Lalrinmuana and Shillong Lajong’s young attacker Isaac Chhakchhuak. Dhanpal Ganesh, Anthony D'Souza and Lalrindika Ralte, who have completed their recovery following long injuries have made their way back. 

On the other hand, the injured Bikash Jairu has not been included in the squad while Mohun Bagan’s impressive duo of Debjit Majumder and Kinshuk Debnath continue to be overlooked. Karanjit Singh, who has had a horrid I-League season, has been left out of the preliminary squad.

With Lalrinmuana suspended for the Federation Cup final, only the Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan players will be joining the camp late after playing their AFC Cup matches on 24th and 25th May. Stabaek FC’s custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will also join the late arrivals.

Full list of Probables:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Stabaek FC), Amrinder Singh (Bengaluru FC), T.P.Rehenesh (East Bengal), Subrata Paul (DSK Shivajians) and Albino Gomes (Salgaocar).

Defenders: Arnab Mondal, Narayan Das (both East Bengal), Pritam Kotal (Mohun Bagan), Augustin Fernandes (Salgaocar), Sandesh Jhingan (DSK Shivajians), Rino Anto, Keegan Pereira (both Bengaluru FC), Chinglensana Singh (Shillong Lajong), Fulganco Cardozo (Sporting Clube de Goa).

Midfielders: Lalrindika Ralte, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Mohammed Rafique (all East Bengal), Pronay Halder (Mohun Bagan), Udanta Singh, C.K.Vineeth, Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Bengaluru FC), Francis Fernandes (Delhi Dynamos), Isaac Chhakchhuak (Shillong Lajong), Vinit Rai, Holicharan Singh (both Dempo), Seityasen Singh (Salgaocar), Anthony D'Souza, Dhanpal Ganesh (Chenniyin FC), David Lalrinmuana (Aizawl FC).

Forwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua (Mohun Bagan), Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC), Sumeet Passi (Sporting Clube de Goa), Alwyn George (Bengaluru FC), Jackichand Singh (Salgaocar).
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German Bonds in Tightest Range in 15 Months as ECB Is Sidelined

German government bonds are stuck in their tightest trading range in more than a year as European Central Bank policy makers maintain a wait-and-see attitude toward inflation and their monetary-stimulus policy.

Benchmark 10-year bund yields this month have moved within a range of just 19 basis points, or 0.19 percentage point, compared with an average 26 basis points in the first four months of 2016. The securities dropped this week for the first time since April, falling along with Treasuries, after minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting fueled speculation the U.S. central bank may raise interest rates this summer.

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ECB officials have maintained their policy since March, when they cut interest rates, expanded their asset-purchase program and announced a plan to buy corporate debt securities. Governing council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau, who’s among officials scheduled to speak next week, said May 18 that measures that have been already announced are appropriate and the central bank’s priority is in implementing them. That echoed a message in the published account of policy makers’ past meeting.

Next week’s euro-area reports on manufacturing and services and a sale of German 30-year bonds may be overshadowed by comments from a range of Fed speakers, including Chair Janet Yellen. Investors will look for further clues on when U.S. policy makers may adjust borrowing costs.

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“We have been trading a very narrow range recently,” Nick Stamenkovic, a strategist at broker RIA Capital Markets Ltd. in Edinburgh, said of German bonds. “The message from the ECB minutes of the last meeting was the ECB is in a wait-and-see stance. The focus will now shift to Yellen’s speech at the end of next week.”

German 10-year bund yields rose four basis points this week to 0.17 percent as of the 5 p.m. close in London on Friday, having climbed the previous day to as high as 0.21 percent, the most since May 5. The 0.5 percent security due in February 2026 fell 0.41, or 4.10 euros per 1,000-euro ($1,121) face amount, to 103.235.

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Euro-area bonds outperformed their U.S. counterparts this week through May 19, losing 0.2 percent compared with a 0.7 percent loss in Treasuries, according to Bloomberg World Bond Indexes.

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