As that of his political mentor Jyoti Basu, the body of veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee was donated to the State-run SSKM Hospital for medical research on Monday evening, hours after he passed away in a private health facility in the city. Ganadarpan, an NGO, facilitated the donation. The eyes were donated to the Priyamvada Birla Aravinda Eye Hospital’s eye bank. The body was kept at three locations — Calcutta High Court, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and Raja Basanta Roy Road — before reaching its final destination in the super-speciality health facility.“We have received the organs in good condition and will be happy if we can match them with recipients,” a hospital representative said.
Sania Mirza on Monday touched a new high as she achieved a career-best doubles ranking of 14th and along with her Russian partner Elena Vesnina, became world number three in the WTA Championship race owing to their French Open runners-up finish.Sania and Elena, who have already won two WTA titles this season, are now in contention for the year- ending WTA championship, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. They have 3606 points and only the top- four pairs make the cut for the elite event.In singles, Sania made a significant jump as she zoomed to 58 from 72 despite the second round exit from French Open.The stupendous show at Roland Garros, where she and Elena ended runners- up in the women’s doubles meant that Sania improved her doubles ranking by 11 places. The standings are being led by Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Slovakia’s Katarina Srebotnik (4395), followed by Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ( 3865).Meanhwile, in the ATP singles rankings, Somdev Devvarman slipped a spot to 67.In doubles, Rohan Bopanna further improved his career best ranking by reaching the number 10 spot while Leander Paes moved out of top- 10 to be at 11th position. Mahesh Bhupathi maintained his fifth rank.- With PTI inputs