BRIEFS FROM THE REGION – Good Morning
Hello, It’s Tuesday , October 12 , 2010
Hill talks in Delhi, rallies in Siliguri
By Kundan Yolmo
Remixed by Himal News
Siliguri, Oct 11, 2010: Two anti-Morcha forums of Siliguri demonstrated and took out rallies to protest the tripartite meeting. The plains outfits, which usually call strikes on the days the talks are held, did not resort to shutdown tactics this time, which came as a huge relief to the people, puja organisers and businessmen.
While the Bangla O Bangla Bhasha Banchao Committee organised a public meeting at Baghajatin Park followed by a rally, Amra Bangalee observed a Black Day and resorted to a day-long agitation at Hashmi Chowk.
The rally taken out by the Bhasha Banchao Committee was stopped near the central bus terminus by the police. The protesters burnt effigies of Morcha leaders Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri before dispersing.
Meanwhile, Police also stopped a rally taken out by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters on NH55 near Panchnoi on the outskirts of Siliguri on Monday, the day an official-level tripartite talks on Darjeeling was held in Delhi. The rallyists were dispersed by the law enforcers.
3 beaten for puja money
Malda, Oct. 11: Three traders were beaten up this morning at Netaji Municipal Market for allegedly refusing to pay the amount demanded by members of a local club as Durga Puja subscription.
Secretary of Netaji Purobazar Babsayee Samiti Subhas Jaisawal has lodged an FIR against eight members of the club for assaulting Shambhu Mahaldar, Abu Mahaldar and his son Mukul Mahaldar. According to him, the members had demanded Rs 2 lakh as subscription from fish-laden trucks that came from Andhra Pradesh, and Rs 5,000 for each truck that came from nearby areas. When the Mahaldars, who have fish stalls in the market intervened, the members threatened them with revolvers and beat them up. After the incident, traders of the market blocked NH 34 near Rathbari for three hours from 6am. The market was also shut during the day.
Jaigaon: Workers of Dalsingpara Tea Garden blocked Saarc Road near here on Monday morning demanding puja bonus. It had been agreed that workers of four gardens under Octavius Tea and Industries Limited would get 19 per cent bonus. Although workers of three gardens have got the money, those at Dalsingpara have not yet received it. Manager of the garden Subhasis Kar said the company had sent Rs 25 lakh to pay 2,300 workers of the garden. But Rs 76, 39595 was needed to pay the bonus.
Islampur: An 8-year-old boy was killed by a speeding truck on NH31 near Gunjaria around 9am on Monday. Mustaq Ali was crossing the road when the private bus, on way to Siliguri from Raiganj, ran over him, killing him on the spot. After the accident, angry residents of the area blocked the highway for about an hour. The bus has been seized and the driver arrested.
Jaigaon: Two forest guards were assaulted by residents of Damdim Tea Estate on Sunday morning after an altercation. Four residents of Damdim garden have been arrested for the assault.
9 hurt in attack
Kokrajhar, Oct. 11: Altogether nine passengers were injured in an acid attack on a bus during the 12-hour BTC bandh called by the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam today to protest against the eviction of illegal encroachers from the forest area. However, the bandh failed to evoke any response in the region. Business establishments, educational institutions, offices were open in the four district headquarters under the BTC. olice sources said some unidentified goons sprayed acid on an ASTC bus coming from Tezpur to Guwahati on NH 52 near Orang in Udalguri district. The injured were taken to Tezpur Kanaklata Civil Hospital. Police said they were able to apprehend the accused.
Tinsukia: Three militants, two ANLA and one Ulfa, surrendered at the Laipuli-based 181 Mountain Brigade headquarters of the army, on Monday.
Kokrajhar: The district administration distributed cheques for Rs 50,000 to 263 families affected in the ethnic violence in 1996 and 1998 at Joypur relief camp on Monday.
Jorhat: A group of youths, engaged in repair of the road, assaulted a trader of AT Road, Nazibur Rahman, on Monday over damage caused to the road by a vehicle carrying goods to his shop.
Jorhat: Hopeline, an NGO in collaboration with Unicef, observed Global Handwashing Day in 279 schools in the east education block of Jorhat on Monday.
Dhubri: A 33-year-old man, Dwijen Ramachary of Borsimla village under Sarukhetri Paka Mouza of Barpeta district, died on the spot and two others were seriously injured when they came in contact with a live wire at Pandar near Borsimla on Sunday night.
Guwahati: A militant of People’s Liberation Army from Manipur was arrested from Paltan Bazar on Monday. A team of city police and CRPF jawans apprehended the rebel, Kabrabam Inaobi, from a rented house.
Guwahati: NF Railway is making efforts to restore traffic at Lumding-Badarpur metre gauge hill section by October 19 which were disrupted since October 8 because of landslips at several locations.
Kokrajhar: Forest department demolished illegally huts inside Ripu-Chirang forest as part of its drive to clear encroaches from the forest area on Monday.
Kohima Sumi Students’ Union executive meeting at 2pm at its banker’s residence in Kohima. Suruhoto Tokukujo Kuqhakulu Kohima meeting at 4pm at its banker’s residence in Kohima. NPF, Phek division, executive meeting at noon at the residence of minister Kuzholuzo Nienu.
Pangal Students Organisation to observe its second foundation day at Lilopng Higher Secondary Madarsa, Thoubal district, at 10.30am.
The re-arranged public reception for Shillong Chamber Choir, at Polo Ground from 3pm.
Rajasthani Durga Puja Samiti, Luckier Road, to celebrate its golden jubilee at Bawri Complex, Shillong, from 10am.
Sharadiya Fair at NEDFi Haat, Ambari, Guwahati, from 10am.
The 12th North East Zonal Sport Climbing Competition under the aegis of Indian Mountaineering Foundation, organised by Assam Rock and Sport Climbing Association, to be held on the 4th Assam Police Battalion premises, Kahilipara, Guwahati, from 8am.
Bhaona Maharathi Korno at Rudra Singha Sports Field, Dispur Last Gate, from 6pm.