BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

Dr Mahendra P Lama - doing more good from the outside with his worldwide reputation than what he could ever achieve from the inside ?!!

Good Morning: Hello, It’s Thursday, December 2, 2010
From The Telegraph

Lecture in Singapore – exactly where he should be, helping the “Greater Gorkha Cause” by creating greater awareness where it really matters nationally and internationally ?!!

Gangtok, Dec. 1: Mahendra P. Lama, the founding vice-chancellor of Sikkim University, will address a gathering at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. He will speak on “benefits of co-operation in the Himalayan river basin countries of Bangladesh, China, India and Nepal”. A media release from the varsity said the two-day workshop beginning on Thursday would be organised jointly by the Strategic Foresight Group and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Former MLA gives up

Islampur: Former Congress MLA from Chopra, Hamidur Rahman, surrendered before the court of the additional district sessions judge here today.

Rahman had been arrested in connection with the murder of a CPM district secretariat member Akbar Ali on April 30, 2003. Fifteen others were also arrested with him. He was remanded in judicial custody. After getting bail, Rehman had not been appearing in court despite notices against him. The court issued an arrest warrant against him. In September, the court ordered police to execute the warrant. The police told the court that Rehman was absconding and appealed to pass a directive to attach his property.

Rahaman’s lawyer appealed to the high court. The high court rejected the petition and ordered him to appear before the Islampur court on the next date for the hearing which was today.

Music centre

Jalpaiguri: A branch of the state tribal and folk culture centre was opened here on Wednesday. State backward classes welfare minister Jogesh Burman inaugurated the centre. Musical instruments used by folk artistes of north Bengal will be displayed at the centre. In a separate function here, Burman gave away Sudhi Pradhan awards to a number of artistes.

Land protest

Islampur: Members of the Chopra block of the Trinamul Congress submitted a memorandum to the BDO of Chopra on Wednesday, demanding compensation for traders whose stalls had been demolished for the widening of NH31.

Northeast Briefs

2 NDFB arrested

Kokrajhar, Dec. 1: Two suspected NDFB (anti-talk) members, identified as Rudreswar Basumatary, 21, and Upendra Brahma were apprehended by security forces from two different locations in Baksa district late last evening. One hand grenade, one revolver and four demand notes were found.

Opposition

Dhubri: The Asom Miya (Asomiya) Parishad, a religious minority organisation of the state, on Wednesday opposed the state government’s decision to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by conducting a house-to-house survey by enumerators.

Hostage freed

Imphal: Principal chief conservator of forest S. Shingshit was abducted by Kuki militants from Keithelmanbi of Senapati district on Tuesday night but was freed later. The official returned home in Imphal on Wednesday.

Union threat

Guwahati: The All Tiwa Students’ Union threatened to restrict the campaign of the Congress and other political parties in areas under Tiwa Autono-mous Council ahead of the 2011 polls if the council was not included in the Sixth Schedule.

Meet on education

Field publicity office, Dibrugarh, in co-ordination with Minority Self- Help Group and Welfare Association, Dibrugarh, will organise a special awareness campaign on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and Universal Midday Meal Scheme at Alubari village under Lahoal development block, Dibrugarh, from 1pm.

Film

B.B. Films’ video feature film Ema Laifadibi (Mother doll) being released at Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre in Imphal city, 5.30pm.

Award

Choulang Siu-ka-pha award will be given to Pushpa Gogoi by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi at Siu-Ka-Pha Samnway Kshetra, Mohbandha, Jorhat, at 10.30am.

Workshop

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

Handloom

Annual National Handloom Expo, 2010 at Naga Shopping Arcade, Dimapur, from 10am. Handloom and Handicraft mela at NEDFi Haat, Guwahati, at 10am.

Seminar

National Seminar on Policy Perspectives in Education, to be held on December 8 and 9 at department of education, Dibrugarh University. For details, contact Daisy Bora Talukdar, co-ordinator of the seminar and reader, department of education, at 9435130847 (M), 0373-2370248 (O).

NATIONAL BRIEFS

Fake papers

New Delhi, Dec. 1 (PTI): Around 1,400 appointments in 30 ministries and government departments have been made on the basis of allegedly fake caste certificates, V. Narayanasamy, the minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions, told the Lok Sabha today.

He said the CBI has registered 58 cases against 67 people who were appointed on the basis of alleged fake certificates.

Nuke course

London (PTI): A course to train the next generation of nuclear scientists has been announced by the University of Cambridge. The one-year MPhil course in nuclear energy, to be based in the university’s department of engineering, will commence in October 2011.

Nirupama

New Delhi: Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, who was to retire early in December, has got a nearly eight-month extension. The move is part of the government’s decision to fix a two-year tenure for the country’s foreign secretary as is the case with the home secretary, cabinet secretary and intelligence chiefs. Rao, a former ambassador to Beijing, turns 60 on December 6. She had assumed office on August 1, 2009, succeeding Shiv Shankar Menon, who is now the national security adviser.

Bus accident

Theni (PTI): Fifteen passengers died and 89 were injured after two buses collided on Wednesday night near Andipatti in Tamil Nadu. Police said a speeding bus rammed into an oncoming private bus, skidded and overturned under the impact of the collision, killing 14 people on the spot. A man later succumbed to injuries. Twenty-six passengers sustained serious head injuries and five of them were in a critical condition.

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