West Bengal Current Affairs - 2019
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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away in in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 75.
As a cricket administrator, he is hailed as the architect for the rise of Cricket in India and its financial superpower.
About Jagmohan Dalmiya
- Dalmiya was involved with the BCCI for more than three decades and had started his journey as its treasurer in 1983 before becoming its secretary.
- For the first time, he became BCCI president in 2001 and continued till 2004. For second time, he became President of BCCI in March 2015.
- Dalmiya also had served as President of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 1997 to 2000. He was first Indian and first Asian to head the ICC.
- He was also instrumental in organising cricket World Cups to the Indian sub-continent in 1987 and 1996.
Nadia district in West Bengal has won the United Nations Public Service Award 2015 in the category of improving delivery of public services for or eliminating open defecation in the district.
The award was presented by the acting Secretary General of the UN Lenni Montiel to District Magistrate of Nadia and Sabhapati of Nadia Zilla Parishad in Medellin, Colombia.
It should be noted that Nadia district is the first open defecation free district in India. The district had achieved this feat by making toilets available for all under state governments flagship programme Sabar Shouchagar (Toilets for All).
It was a collaborative effort with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank along with state government and local governments.
The programme was initiated in 2013. In one-and-half-years, toilets were built in 5 lakh households and over 200 cluster toilets in public places.
After completion of the building toilets under this programme, the percentage of people defecating in open has gone down to 0.02 per cent compared to 33.8 per cent when the project was started.