IN BRIEFS FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Garden back to work
Jaigaon, Aug. 11: The management of Dim Dima Tea Estate in the Dooars has decided to lift the suspension of work from tomorrow.
The suspension was imposed yesterday after a worker stabbed an assistant manager on Monday. Today talks were held between the unions and the management at the office of the Dooars Branch of the Indian Tea Association (DBITA) at Binnaguri where the decision to resume work was taken. The secretary of the DBITA, P. K. Bhattacharya, said according to the agreement penned between the two sides, the labourers would not be paid for the two days during which work had been suspended.
Siliguri: Employees of private buses, trucks and commercial light vehicles in Jalpaiguri district withdrew their indefinite strike on Wednesday evening after the administration promised to look into their demands. The strike began on Tuesday under the banner of the Joint Action Committee to demand the speedy repair of national highways in north Bengal, hike in wages and a stop to “harassment” of drivers after accidents.
Alipurduar: A tusker, which had come out of Basra forest under Buxa Tiger Reserve (west) division, damaged seven labour quarters in Bharnobari Tea Estate on Wednesday morning. The animal was driven back into the forest by residents after it made a futile attempt to enter the garden godown, where 50 quintals of food grain were stored.
Siliguri: Railway officials of New Jalpaiguri conducted raids and collected Rs 41,000 in fines from 72 passengers who were travelling without tickets on long-distance trains on Wednesday. The raids were conducted in Jalpaiguri Road and NJP stations under Debasish Karjee, the chief commercial inspector.