BRIEFS FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Deccan flight plan
Calcutta, Aug. 16: Deccan Charters today said it planned to launch daily services between Calcutta and Cooch Behar in 10 days, once it got security clearance from the Airports Authority of India.
Capt. G.R. Gopinath, the chairman of Deccan Charters Ltd, said the airline would start daily trips between Calcutta and Jamshedpur from tomorrow. Deccan will initially operate one 19-seater flight that will make three trips daily to Jamshedpur and back. The fare for a one-way trip to Jamshedpur will be Rs 4,500. It will be the same for Cooch Behar, Gopinath said.
Islampur: The Sealdah-bound Uttar Banga Express came to a halt at Magurjan station, 12km from Islampur, at 6.15pm on Monday after its engine developed a technical snag. Hundreds of passengers travelling on the train coming from New Cooch Behar had to wait for nearly three hours before an engine from New Jalpaiguri replaced the defective one. The train left Magurjan around 8.55pm, railway sources said.
Siliguri: The Northeast Frontier Railway has introduced a SMS help line for easy and quick redressal of grievances of passengers from Sunday. NFR sources said one can type the complaint and send it to +91 9957550959. The officials will try to take necessary action within 90 minutes of the receipt of the message, the authorities said.
Siliguri: Smile and Profile, a multi-specialty dental clinic in eastern India, opened its branch at Collegepara here on Sunday. The clinic will have facilities like orthopantomogram, radiovisuograph, routine dental x-rays. It will also provide child dental care and prepaid home dental care.
Siliguri: Seven logs of white sandal wood were seized by Pradhannagar police on Sunday evening. The logs, each around 2.5 feet long, were inside a car parked near the Siliguri Junction station.
BDO back in jail
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Balurghat, Aug. 16: The block development officer of Harirampur who was arrested on Friday on the charges of defalcating over Rs 1 crore from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was produced before the special fast-track court here today. But Suman Majhi was sent back to jail and is scheduled to be produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate in Buniadpur on Wednesday.
Shankar Chakrabarty, the lawyer representing Majhi, opposed the production of the accused before the fast-track court, arguing that his client could not be tried at the special court, as police were yet to submit any chargesheet against him.
Majhi had been caught in Malda and handed over to South Dinajpur police the same day. On Saturday, the ACJM in Buniadpur remanded him in jail custody for two days.
Public prosecutor Gautam Das conceded that a case without a chargesheet could not be heard in the fast-track court. Fast-track court judge Bibek Pramanik ordered that Majhi be produced in Buniadpur on Wednesday.