BRIEFS FROM THE REGION
From The Telegraph
Cough syrup seized
Siliguri, Sept. 22: Nearly 13,000 bottles of cough syrup were seized by customs officials from a truck in Bidhannagar last night.
Two persons have been arrested, and the officials claimed that they have got information on the kingpin of the racket involved in smuggling prescription drugs across the India-Bangladesh border.
“We spotted the truck near Itahar. The vehicle was travelling towards Malda when our officials chased it. The driver turned the truck towards Siliguri and we intercepted it near Bidhannagar, 40km from here,” said S.K. Das, the commissioner of central excise and service tax department, Siliguri. “We have also arrested Niranjan Singha and Rajkumar Paswan who could not produce valid documents for the drugs,” said Das.
Islampur: Bodhir Alam, a CPM supporter of Bakmohini, suffered a bullet injury after a group of suspected Congress supporters fired at him on Wednesday. Police said he was taken to Islampur Sub-divisional Hospital and then shifted to NBMCH. K. Agarwal, a local Congress leader, has denied involvement of his party workers in the incident and said it was the result of intra-party clash in the CPM.
Balurghat: A group of 100-odd youths, who had applied for primary teachers’ jobs but could not make it through the selection, demonstrated at the District Primary School Council here throughout Wednesday. They alleged corruption in the recruitment process and demanded another opportunity.
Siliguri: A total of 809 candidates will appear in an entrance test for 400 seats of the two-year BEd course under the Siliguri regional centre of Ignou here on September 26. Y. Bhutia, the regional director of Ignou, said candidates who have not received their hall tickets for the entrance tests, can contact the regional centre here with proof that they have submitted their application forms.
Kokrajhar, Sept 22: An NDFB cadre, Ansuma Brahma, 20, was arrested from Mahamaya Snanghat in Kokrajhar last night. countrymade pistol, two rounds of bullets and a magzine were recovered from him.
Slur on clinic
Jorhat: Ahmed Ali, of Haikukh, an asthma patient died at Sivasagar government civil hospital on Wednesday. Family members alleged that there was no oxygen in the cylinder.
Guwahati: Dispur has reconstituted the Unified Command Structure by including Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh’s director-generals of police in the meetings of the group.
Guwahati: The World Bank has expressed interest in financing the Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project with an amount of Rs 500 crore.
Man kills wife
Jorhat: Bijoy Baruah, 45, of Borihibari Seunial village in Sivasagar district killed his wife, Juri Baruah,40, with an iron rod on Wednesday. Baruah later surrendered.