LONDON, CMC:West Indies pace legend Michael Holding has been named the new president of Derbyshire, the County club he represented with distinction during his illustrious playing days.The 63-year-old was formally appointed at Wednesday night’s annual general meeting of the club and joins incoming chairman Ian Morgan, who replaces the hugely successful Chris Grant.”It is a great honour to be asked to be president of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and I am looking forward to the year,” Jamaican Holding said.”I enjoyed immensely the few years I spent at Derbyshire and I always enjoy returning to the club. On my last visit, in September, I saw all of the facilities, all of the improvements and the infrastructure which has gone into the club.GOOD RESULTS EXPECTED”I am sure that the progress made off the field and around the ground will transfer onto the cricket field and that we will see some good results this summer.”I would like to thank all members and supporters for their continued support and encourage them to keep on supporting the club in 2017 and beyond.”Holding spent six seasons at the East Midlands county during the 1980s, taking 224 wickets at an average of 24.57. He recorded 13 five-wicket hauls with a best of seven for 97 against Worcestershire.He remains one of the icons of West Indies cricket and one of the finest fast bowlers Test cricket has seen, having picked up 249 wickets from 60 Tests at an average of 23.68.Since retiring from the game, Holding has become a respected television analyst.Only last summer, he returned to the club to open the new media and business centre at the Derbyshire ground.
In the memory of India’s greatest devotional poets, the Department of Art, Culture and Languages of Hindi Academy will showcase a four day long musical theatre festival, Sun Bhai Sadho in the capital. Kicking off on 16 July, these musical theatre acts will emphasise upon the works of Surdas, Kabirdas, and Tulsidas.Swaying to the tunes of devotional poetry in the central park arena of Connaught place, the poetry buffs in Delhi will be transported to a state of trance. In this four day long festival, Shekhar Sen will perform the solo theatrical acts. Day one and two are dedicated to the the poetry of Surdas, followed by Kabirdas and Tulsidas on the next two days. Mark the dates in your calendar!
Fulbari (Indo – Bangladesh border): A Director General level coordination meeting between the BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh (BRB) in Dhaka resolved to earmark borders and work jointly to make these areas crime free. As a confidence-building measure between the two forces, borders will also earmark where joint retreat ceremonies will be held. “The DG level talks ended in Dhaka on Friday. We discussed issues including peace and ending criminal activities along the border. Like the Kolkata-Khulna border has been declared crime free with no antecedents of crime, similarly, other border stretches will be identified to make them crime free. We will work jointly to achieve this. Already incidents of smuggling is on declining steadily,” stated Krishan Kumar Sharma, DG, BSF addressing the media at the Fulbari – Banglabandha border, 9 km away from Siliguri after the 5-day-long Dhaka meet.The Kolkata-Khulna crime free border has been possible with additional deployment, increase in technical and surveillance equipment and above all sensitising the people living along the border, stated Sharma.Major General Md. Shafeenul Islam, DG, BGB was also present. Both the DGs jointly inaugurated the Joint Retreat Ceremony of the BSF and BGB at Fulbari – Banglabandha border on Friday.”It is a proud moment for both the forces and is a projection of the cordial relation enjoyed by both the countries and forces. In future, we will definitely have more such ceremonies in other places as part of the confidence building for both the forces,” stated the Major General. Sharma added: “As part of our Sima Darshan programme, we will identify borders in each frontier for similar Retreat Ceremonies. These spots will be developed so that they attract tourists too.” Facilities and infrastructure at Fulbari will be developed to promote it as a tourist hub. Construction of a parking lot, visitors’ gallery, food court and a museum is in the pipeline. The 20-minute programme can be witnessed every day at sunset. The ceremony at Fulbari-Banglabandha is third in the series of such ceremonies on the Indo-Bangla border. The first such ceremony had commenced at Petrapole-Benapole border on November 6, 2013, followed by Akhaura near Agartala. read more