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Modi honours football greats

New Delhi, Oct 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated former India football stars ahead of the much awaited FIFA U-17 World Cup Group A match between India and the US at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday. The yesteryear stars honoured on the occasion included P.K. Bannerjee, Syed Nayemuddin, Bhaskar Ganguly, I.M. Vijayan and Baichung Bhutia. Current India captain Sunil Chhetri and former national women's team skipper Bembem Devi were also honoured. IANS

Tickets for Sunday matches sold out


Kolkata, Oct 6: Tickets for the first two matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here have been sold out, an official connected with the event said. England play Chile and Mexico take on Iraq on Sunday in their Group F openers at the revamped Salt Lake Stadium which has a reduced capacity of 66,687 due to security reasons. For other events, it will now hold 80,000 spectators after the World Cup. IANS

Kolkata to witness protest rallies against evictions


Kolkata, Oct 6: Accusing the state government of forcefully evicting thousands of hawkers and shanty dwellers in Kolkata ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Joint Forum Against Evictions on Friday said they would organise protest rallies outside the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Salt Lake on October 8.
"In the name of beautification of the city, nearly 5,000 hawkers have already been forcefully evicted from the Dumdum airport and Salt Lake area while another 2,500 might be evicted in the next few days. According to our estimation, nearly 10,000 hawkers and their respective families are affected by this eviction drive," said Shaktiman Ghosh, General Secretary, National Hawkers Federation and Hawkers Sangram Samiti.
"As a symbolic protest against such unlawful evictions, we will organise a massive protest rally from Sealdah to the Salt Lake stadium before the first match here on Sunday. If the police stop us, we will continue our agitation there."
Asserting that they are supportive of events like the football world cup in the city, Ghosh said that celebrations should not be organised at the cost of poor people's livelihood.
The Joint Forum Against Evictions, constituted of hawkers, students and slum dwellers organisations, also demanded the immediate implementation of the Street Vendors Act, 2014, by the West Bengal government to protect the rights of the hawkers and constitute a town vending committee that would issue identity cards to the street vendors. IANS