Shut for winter: Annual India-China border trade through Nathu-la in Sikkim concluded on Tuesday with businessmen from the Tibetan Autonomous Region and India exchanging khadas. According to the superintendent of customs, T. W. Sherpa, the Indian traders had a turnover of Rs 4.02 crore with the major export items being canned food, vegetable oil, utensils, cloth, tea and biscuits. Imports from the China side was nil. The border trade will resume from May 1 next year after the winter break. (Prabin Khaling) - all imports from China under the table, and China happy with this, very strange ?!!

Good Morning: Hello,  It’s Wednesday , December 1, 2010
From The Telegraph


Villager trampled to death

Jalpaiguri, Nov. 30: A 35-year-old resident of Targherabusty in the Baikunthapur forest division was trampled to death by an elephant today.

Foresters said a tusker attacked Swami Minz around 4.30am when he had gone to a field near the Targhera forest to relieve himself. Minz’s family has been given Rs 20,000 as immediate compensation. The forest department will later pay Rs 80,000. The foresters have started patrolling the area.


Islampur: More than 100 members of the Save Farmland Committee of Karandighi blocked NH34 at Tatnor in Karandighi on Tuesday. They were protesting the land acquisition by the state to construct a four-lane highway. The blockade that began at 3pm was withdrawn after three hours following police intervention.

Body found

Balurghat: The body of Hiralal Burman, a former pradhan of the Rampur gram panchayat, was found on SH10 at Baul, about 20km from here, on Tuesday morning. Police suspect that 52-year-old Burman was run over by a vehicle while returning home from the market on Monday night.

Science meet

Siliguri: A science lecture on Plants: Turning Air to Oil will be organised at the North Bengal Science Centre (NBSC) in Matigara on Wednesday. Eve Syrkin Wurtele, a professor in the department of genetics at Iowa State University of the US, will be the keynote speaker. On Thursday, the NBSC will organise a nature study camp at the NBSC in association with the West Bengal Biodiversity Board, organisers said.

College plea

Islampur: Members of the Trinamul Congress in Chopra submitted a memorandum to Islampur subdivisional officer Partha Ghosh on Tuesday, demanding a college in Chopra and improved health infrastructure in the area.

Northeast Briefs

Three arrested

Jorhat, Nov. 30: Police arrested three persons today, including Amguri AGP MLA Pradip Hazarika’s nephew Janardan Hazarika, on the charge of murdering Congress leader Hemanta Baruah of Amguri on July 29, 2008.

Jumbo carcass

Jorhat: The carcass of an elephant and a rhino along with its horn was recovered from the Kaziranga National Park on Monday night.

Ulfa cadre

Sivasagar: An Ulfa cadre, Pramod Hazarika, was arrested by a team of the army from Joysagar in Sivasagar on Tuesday.

Body found

Tinsukia: Rescue parties on Tuesday fished out the body of Tushar Pandit, a Class X student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tinsukia, who drowned on Sunday in the Dibru river.


Dibrugarh: The Namrup Fertiliser Sramik Union staged a four-hour dharna in front of the AASU Swahid Nyas here on Tuesday demanding the installation of the 4th unit of Brahmaputra Valley Fertiliser Corporation Limited.


Annual National Handloom Expo, 2010, at Naga Shopping Arcade, Dimapur from 10am.


Workshop on Rabindrasangeet at Assam Sanatan Dharmasabha, Shillong, from 10am.



BJP leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj arrive for an all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee (picture above), who also attended the meeting called to break the House deadlock over the telecom probe, found himself in a peculiar problem, or rather a poster, outside Parliament. Posters appealing to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to make Mukherjee, the Congress’s troubleshooter-in-chief, the Prime Minister mysteriously appeared on the walls in some posh localities in the capital, some of them pasted outside official residences of MPs. Most of the posters were removed by evening. The posters said A.K. Antony, who is the defence minister, was the representative of the archbishop, while Mukherjee was the people’s choice for Prime Minister. The posters, brought out by a little-known outfit that calls itself the Congress Secular Hindu Forum, was dismissed as a “dirty trick” by Congress leaders. (TT) - some in the Congress with hands in the cookie jar hopping mad, as can be expected ?!!

Land handout


New Delhi, Nov. 30 (PTI): The Centre has distributed over three-fifths of land surplus to the legal ceiling on ownership.

The government told the Rajya Sabha it had distributed 50.2 lakh acres of the declared surplus of nearly 70 lakh acres to 56.6 lakh beneficiaries. People from Scheduled Castes received 18.6 lakh acres, Scheduled Tribes 7.9 lakh acres and “other beneficiaries” gained 23.7 lakh acres.


New Delhi (PTI): The BJP’s youth wing has attacked Mirwaiz Umer Farooq’s car as it was entering the Foreign Correspondent’s club to attend a seminar on Tuesday. Shouting slogans like “Bharat mata ki jai” and “Vande Mataram”, the activists hurled eggs, bottles and stones.

Relics stolen

Thrissur (PTI): Three antique relics have been stolen from Holy Cross Church in Mapranam, Kerala. The vicar, Father Jojy Kallinga, said the missing items included a towel with which Christ is believed to have wiped his face during the Passion.


New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has stopped the eviction of Kashmiri Pandits from government quarters after their retirement. Justice Gita Mittal directed the Centre to provide the group with alternative residence in the capital, stating that the right to shelter was a fundamental right.


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