BRIEFS FROM THE REGION
Teachers face result ire
Balurghat, Sept. 5: Around 100 students of Netaji Subhas Open University locked two of their teachers in a room today to protest the anomalies in the results of the BA exams conducted by the varsity.
The protesters confined Debjyoti Sarkar, the assistant coordinator of the study centre at Balurghat College, and Batakrishna Pal, the principal, to a room for over two hours from 11am. The students alleged that many of them did not receive their marksheets for the BA exams held in June and December last year. Many had also received incomplete marksheets. The agitation was withdrawn after the authorities gave an assurance that the shortcomings would be overcome soon.
Raiganj: Five North Dinajpur district committee members of the BJP have been expelled from the party for allegedly misbehaving at a meeting presided over by the outfit’s state president Rahul Sinha here on August 26. The expelled members included a former district president of the party.
Siliguri: The Jalpaiguri district committee of the Government Employees’ Federation (Unified), in association with the West Bengal Forest Service Employees’ Federation, will launch an awareness campaign on the death of wild animals on railway tracks at Sevoke station on Monday. The campaign that will end at Alipurduar Junction on September 9 is a result of several meetings between foresters and railway officials.
Siliguri: Pradhannagar police arrested Sanjit Guria, a resident of Champasari, on Sunday for allegedly possessing an improvised firearm and 10 rounds of live cartridges.
New Delhi, Sept. 5: The BJP today slammed the government for selecting a “tainted” official as the new head of the country’s corruption watchdog, saying it wanted to cover up its wrongdoings, especially those related to the Commonwealth Games.
Telecommunications secretary P.J. Thomas, an officer from the Kerala cadre, will succeed Pratyush Sinha as central vigilance commissioner.
“It is shocking they selected a person whose name had figured in the palmolein import scam in Kerala in 1991-92,” said BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay. “It hardly matters (that) his name was cleared later.”
Bus strike continues
Indefinite bus strike called by a united forum of unions North Bengal Passengers’ Transports owners’ Coordination Committee met in Maynaguri and eclared that it will continue its strike. The strike was started from 31 August in the districts of Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri.
ABAVP threatens bandh
ABAVP has threatened to called a bundh if GJMM takes part in PPPs meeting. People’s Progressive Party is a Adivasi group formed by the defiant and suspended leaders of ABAVP. It has called a public meeting in the premises of Nagarkatta Hindi High School.
The local administration had previously allowed PPP to hold the meeting but yesterday Jt BDO of Narkatta Block issued another letter cancelling the previous permission order.
Kiram Kalandi of PPP said that it will hold the meeting at any cost. He further said that Nagarkatta Zonal Committee of ABAVP also had issued a NOC to the BDO so there is no possibility of any law and order problem. Meanwhile Jaigaon Hasimara Zonal Committee had opposed the decision of the Nagarkatta Zonal Committee of ABAVP. In Kalchini ABAVP staged a demonstration with a rally in demand of its 15 point demand.
CID has suspected that Nicole Tamang prime accused of Madan Tamang murder and absconding GJMM central committee member had taken shelter in a house in Mallaguri after his escape from the CID custody from Pintail village, after that he left the hideout for an unknown destination.
Seminar on diabetes
A seminar on Diabetes was organised by Glen Family Foundation at Worship Center Hall at Kalimpong. Dr Munna Sherpa Diabetes specialist said that it is a disease to take precaution but not to panic. He clarified on the misconceptions also.
Saom Namchu Director of the foundation said that every 5th Indian is a victim of diabetes and people should be very particular to their food and living habits. Rural people should be more aware of it and the foundation will now onwards organise programme for them he said.
DGHC staff agitation
Contract staff of DGHC staged demonstration in the DGHC Offices of Loius Jubille in Darjeeling from Saturday. Janmukti Asthayi Karmachari Sangathan a frontal wing of GJMM comprising of DGHC staff and other staffs appointed by DGHC on contractual basis demanded for regularisation of their jobs as permanent staff before the dissolution of DGHC and formation of an Interim setup.Its demonstration will continue and a meeting with DGHC CPS Surendra Gupta will be held on 6th at Siliguri.
A commando Pradip Gurung 35 of Kurseong died in the commando training school’s pond at Kolkata. Doctors declared that Gurung a Special Action Force (SAF) commando was suffering from epilepsy.
Agent of human trafficking arrested
Sushila Chhetri 48 an agent responsible for human trafficking of hill girls to red light areas was caught at Naxalbari by a victim of Panighatta TE with the help of local people. She along with her sister were rescued by activists of Kanchanjungha Uddhar Kendra from a hotel of Pune. Raju Pradhan alias Ashim and Sanjay Pradhan alias Antaray were arrested by Maharashtra Police last month during the rescue operation.