BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

Quick – don’t catch the Train

Residents of Hamiltonganj cross a railway bridge in the Kalchini block in Alipurduar on Monday - quick so as not to catch the train ?!! (Anirban Choudhury)

From The Telegraph
By Anirban Choudhury

Alipurduar, Aug 23, 2010: People travelling from Hasimara, Jaigaon, Dalshingpara and Satali to Kalchini and Hamiltonganj have been using the railway bridge after a bamboo connector built by the residents was gobbled up by the swollen Basra on Saturday night.

The PWD had taken up the charge of constructing a temporary bridge on the river after one was washed away on July 20. On Monday, more than 300 traders here kept their shops closed to protest the department’s delay in building that bridge.

The protesters also submitted a memorandum to the BDO of Kalchini and demonstrated in front of his office. Work on the new bridge has begun but the traders alleged that the pace at which the project was progressing was too slow.

Local PWD officials assured the protesters on Monday that the construction work of the temporary bridge on Basra will be completed within September 16.

8 die as car falls in river

Behrampore, Aug. 23: Eight persons drowned when their car rolled down a boat and fell into the Bhagirathi while crossing the river today. The dead include five women and a five-year-old girl. Four people are missing.

The accident took place in Murshidabad’s Rejinagar when the driver of the Sumo carrying 16 people returning from a burial failed to stop the car after crossing the jetty and rolling onto on the boat. “We suspect that the car’s brakes had failed. All occupants except the driver should have got off before it was driven onto the boat,” said B.L. Meena, the district superintendent of police. “Two men and two women swam to safety. The driver, who was among them, escaped,” he added. Police and local people fished out the bodies from the river. The Sumo has also been pulled out. The victims were residents of Gajnipur village in Hariharpara.

NBU project

Siliguri: North Bengal University will sign a memorandum of understanding with the West Bengal Heritage Commission on Tuesday for a joint project to identify all heritage sites in five north Bengal districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur, vice-chancellor Arunabha Basumajumdar said here on Monday. “Barun De, the commission chairman, will be present at the varsity for the signing ceremony on Tuesday. An amount of Rs 16 lakh has been released for the purpose,” said Basumajumdar.

Doc assault

Balurghat: Samiran Biswas, a doctor of the Rashidpur Health Centre, was assaulted by relatives of a patient who had consumed poison on Sunday night. Sources said the relatives accused the doctor of not attending to the patient despite requests. Biswas later filed a police complaint against five persons. One of them was arrested on Monday.

Timber haul

Dibrugarh: The forest department on Monday seized a truckload of timber from Moran. The department along with the Tinsukia wildlife division also seized around 200 logs from Maijanghat on Monday.

MEANWHILE

I killed in vehicle accident

A victim of the 7th mile accident - "the driver fell asleep at the wheel" ?!! (Darpan)

From KalimNews

Kalimpong, 23 Aug: In an accident near 7th Mile of Kalimpong one Munna Prasad (20) of Murgihatta lost his life while 15 others including a five year child are injured.The ill fated vehicle WB 76-2365 was returning from Jalpesh on Bol Bom pigrimage.

It had left yesterday and on the way back home the driver Palden Lepcha (39) lost control of the vehicle and it went off the road about 15 ft down injuring all. Of the injured Devi Tiwari (33), Pinki kumari Saha (18) are seriously injured. As most of the injured are not in a normal condition attending Doctors refused to say about their state of injury. Injured are from Murgihatta, Chest Clinic and Hat Bazaar area.

GJM demonstrations in Kalimpong on Monday - losing or gaining consensus ?!! (Darpan)

Total bundh in the three hill subdivisions was observed on Monday , however tea gardens remained open. NH31A was open for traffic while other vehicles didnot ply except on emergency duty. DMs, SDOs and other Officials were handed over memorandum with a demand for immediate production of Nicole Tamang alive.

Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh postponed its programme of Balidan Diwas scheduled on 24th at Kalimpong and 25th August in Hamiltangunj in which MPs Amar Singh and Jaya Prada were the guests.

PPP and KPP may join hands for a joint movement. Kamtapur Progressive Party President Atul Roy and Progressive People’s Party President Kiran Kalindi expressed their satisfaction after the preliminary meeting held in Maynaguri yesterday.

PPP a fraction (*?!!) of ABAVP was also happy to have KPP as their co partner for forming a joint platform if possible in the next meeting very soon to fight for their demands which is being ignored by the State government, both expressed in one voice.

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