BRIEFS FROM THE REGION
Good Morning: Hello, It’s Friday, December 3, 2010
From The Telegraph
Repair lock on NH office
Alipurduar, Dec. 2: The Trinamul Congress today locked up the office of the executive engineer of the NH10 division of the state public works department at Falakata, demanding immediate repair of the highway between Falakata and Dhupguri.
“The 24-kilometre stretch is in a pathetic condition and for the past one year, we have been demanding that the road be repaired. We had earlier held road blockades and demonstrations. But nothing has been done. Today, we were forced to lock up this inefficient office indefinitely,” said a Trinamul leader in Falakata, Pralay Sarkar.
The executive engineer of the PWD, Amitava Saha, said patchwork on the highway would begin soon.
Siliguri: Thirty students from 15 schools are participating in a four-day nature study camp and nature trial programme organised by the North Bengal Science Centre. The children will visit the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary, Teesta Barrage and the herbal garden at North Bengal University during the programme that began on Thursday.
Siliguri: The Centre for Women Development in North Bengal University in association with the North Bengal Council for Disabled organised an awareness programme on Reproductive and Child Health at Bagdogra on Thursday. Around 70 women from Naxalbari block were counselled.
Siliguri: A roadshow by physically and mentally disabled children will be organised by Anubhab, a Siliguri-based special crèche, on World Disabled Day on Friday. The film Paa will be screened at Baghajatin Park in the evening.
Islampur: Police pickets were posted in town on Thursday following a clash between Trinamul Chhatra Parishad and SFI supporters on Wednesday night. The SFI blocked NH31 for an hour demanding the arrest of the rival outfit members. Two persons injured in the clash were admitted to the Islampur hospital.
Kokrajhar, Dec. 2: A 10kg bomb was unearthed this morning from Suwakpur Dhumka Subba under Gore-swar in Baksa district by a woman, Dipali Boro, while digging in a field near her house. Some villagers informed police about the object, who confirmed it to be a bomb.
Dhubri: A medical camp is being organised by 19 Madras Regiment with support from Dhubri district health department at Kherbari village under Golokganj police station of Dhubri district on December 4. Emphasis would be laid on detection of prostate cancer, said an army press release.
Kokrajhar: A peace and prayer festival was organised by Lutheran Church at Mijink Nwgwr here to create awareness on HIV/AIDS and create a positive attitude towards life among the youth. Christoper Daothu attended as chief speaker and spoke on life’s positive aspects.
Dhubri: Parul Roy, 60, of Barpara under Chapor police station was seriously injured when a speeding truck knocked him down on NH31 near his house on Wednesday. He is said to be critical.
Regional film fest
Festival of regional films — India 2010 — from 10am to 6pm at Don Bosco Hall, Laitumkhrah, Shillong.
Workshop on Rabindrasangeet at Assam Sanatan Dharmasabha, Shillong, from 10am.
Annual National Handloom Expo 2010 at Naga Shopping Arcade, Dimapur, from 10am.
Asia International Literary Festival at NEDFi House, Dispur, at 9.30am.
National seminar on Policy Perspectives in Education, to be held on December 8 and 9 at department of education, Dibrugarh University. Contact Daisy Bora Talukdar, co-ordinator of the seminar & reader, department of education, at 9435130-847 (M), 0373-2370248 (O).
Islamabad, Dec. 2 (PTI): A Pakistani Sikh plans to file a petition against the security personnel of Lahore High Court after he was stopped from entering the court complex with his kirpan or ceremonial sword. Ajeet Singh had refused to abandon his kirpan and left after exchanging angry words with guards at the court entrance.
A security official at the high court later told The Express Tribune that the guards had been instructed not to let anyone enter with weapons, even blades.
Mumbai (PTI): A Bombay High Court division bench, which was going to hear a petition by residents of the Adarsh housing society, on Thursday recused itself from the case. The petitioners will now have to approach the chief justice.
New Delhi (PTI): Over 2,400 applications seeking financial assistance to set up food-processing units have been pending with the Centre for the past three years, food-processing industries minister Subodh Kant Sahai has said. The government had in the 2007-08 budget announced assistance to the industry through a scheme for technology upgrade.
Srinagar (PTI): The BSF has ordered an internal inquiry against a commandant and a constable accused of killing a teenager in unprovoked firing early this year. Later, there will be a trial in the General Security Forces Court.
New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has rebuked an NGO run by activist Teesta Setalvad for taking up the Gujarat riots with a UN-affiliated body, saying the move reflected poorly on India’s judiciary. The court was anguished that the Centre for Justice and Peace had forwarded a letter concerning protection of witnesses to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Food inflation dips – which is still too high and there are still the corruption scandals to reckon with and have yet to be played out ?!!
New Delhi, Dec. 2: Food inflation entered single digit after four months, sliding to an 18-month low of 8.60 per cent for the week ended November 20, as prices fell on the arrival of kharif crops. It was at this level in May 2009.
Food inflation, which has declined seven weeks in a row, was at 10.15 per cent for the week ended November 13. It had recorded single-digit level for the week ended July 24, when it had fallen to 9.53 per cent.
New Delhi, Dec. 2: The government has approved a 10 per cent hike in the price of natural gas sold by state-owned ONGC and Oil India Ltd to consumers in sectors such as steel and petrochemicals.
New Delhi, Dec. 2: Nokia will install a server in India to enable security agencies to lawfully intercept its email and messenger services.
Mumbai, Dec. 2: Sebi has barred four firms — Murli Industries, Ackruti City, Welspun Gujarat Stahl Rohren and Brushman India — and their promoters from trading on the bourses for allegedly indulging in unfair trading practices.
Brian Lara wants to play IPL
New Delhi: Former West Indian batting legend Brian Lara has expressed his desire to play in the Indian Premier League but said he has to be match-fit to stand a realistic chance of featuring in next year’s Twenty20 event. Lara, who made a comeback to competitive cricket two months ago by playing in the Zimbabwe T20 league after a three-year hiatus, said he needs to get into the groove as soon as possible to give himself a chance to be picked for the 2011 IPL season.
Sachin in fray
London: Sachin Tendulkar will be competing with the likes of tennis star Rafael Nadal and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel for the 2011 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Tendulkar, who was named the ICC Player of the Year, will also have to fight it out with Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralidharan for the prestigious award.
Umar to sue
Karachi: After teammate Imran Farhat, batsman Umar Akmal has also vowed to sue Pakistani bookmaker Mazhar Majeed for claiming that he was on his payroll and was involved in spot-fixing. “I am consulting my lawyers because I don’t even know this fellow. He is neither my agent,” Umar said Thursday.
Karachi: Pakistan included young opener Khurrum Manzoor in their Test squad for the New Zealand tour, ending comeback hopes of senior duo of Mohammed Yousuf and Shoaib Malik. Shoaib Malik may have been ignored because of the team’s unlikely loss in the Super Sixes final in Hong Kong under his captaincy last month.
Calcutta: Mithali Raj was Thursday named captain of India Blue while India captain Jhulan Goswami and Reema Malhotra will lead India Green and India Red, respectively, in the Challenger Trophy women’s cricket tournament, to be held in Vishakapatnam from Decmber 9-12. The cricket board’s women selection committee picked up 12-member squads for all the three teams after a meeting in Chennai, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.
Johannesburg: The BCCI’s refusal to have the Decision Review System during India’s tour of South Africa this month has not gone down well with host captain Graeme Smith, who feels DRS’ implementation should be decided by the ICC instead of individual boards. “I think the ICC should manage it,” Smith told a daily newspaper.
New Delhi: Paddlers Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha will feature in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour Grand Finals that gets underway in Seoul, from December 16-19. The duo, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in men’s doubles event, are the only Indians to play in the event since it started in 1996.