Gardens to reopen Monday

Alipurduar, Aug. 19: Kalchini and Raimatang tea gardens in Alipurduar subdivision, which have been closed since 2005, will reopen on Monday.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Jalpaiguri district magistrate’s office today. Rajkumar Bhujel, a Citu leader, said the new owner of the estates had agreed to pay the workers 65 per cent of the dues in two installments. He said workers would continue to receive for one more year the financial assistance and the rations provided to the locked-out industries. Both the gardens have together more than 3,250 workers.

Death protest

Balurghat: A mob ransacked the district hospital here on Thursday after a student, who had tried to set himself on fire two days ago, succumbed to burns. Subol Das, 16, had been admitted to the hospital after the alleged suicide bid. The deceased’s father, Sukumar Das has filed an FIR alleging negligence . Hospital superintendent Tapas Das said an inquiry into the complaint would be conducted.

IT training

Siliguri: State information technology minister Debesh Das said in Bagdogra on Thursday that his department would train 2,800 teachers from 1,400 schools across the state to improve the quality of computer education provided to students. Das, who held a meeting at North Bengal University, said experts from different varsities and institutions would be brought for the programme.

Five hurt

Islampur: Five persons were injured after two groups of villagers fought over a plot of land at Goalpokhor on Wednesday night. The injured were admitted to Islampur Subdivisional Hospital.

Student clash

Siliguri: A group of students of Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College had a scuffle with residents of Mashkalaibari on Wednesday night. A motorcycle was damaged, police said. No one has been arrested.


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