ROAD RAGE: A mini bus that turned on its side near Mahinagar, 8km from Balurghat, on Friday. Thirty passengers were injured when the driver lost control of the bus while overtaking a truck. The bus was travelling to Balurghat from Safanagar in Kumarganj. The injured were taken to the Balurghat district hospital from where one person was referred to the NBMCH in Siliguri. In another accident on Friday, Sudeb Mali, 55, died on the spot when a pick-up van rammed into the bicycle he was riding on Malda-Balurghat state highway near Paranpur, 10km from Balurghat. (Mithun Roy) - please drive with responsibility, if we know what that means ?!!

Good Morning: Hello, It’s Saturday, December 4, 2010
From The Telegraph


Protest at SJDA door

Siliguri, Dec. 3: Trinamul Congress supporters demonstrated at the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority office here today.

The protesters submitted a memorandum to the chief executive officer of the SJDA, demanding an underpass at the railway crossing in Bagrakote, secured land tenure for residents in some areas and development of the local bus stand. Darjeeling district Trinamul Congress president Gautam Deb led the delegation which threatened a movement if the demands were not met. Another delegation of the Trinamul Youth Congress demonstrated in front of the Siliguri District Hospital, demanding an enquiry counter for the physically and mentally disabled persons.

Hindi seminar

Siliguri: The Hindi department of the North Bengal University will hold a national seminar to discuss contemporary novels and other forms of literature in the language on December 7. The programme will be inaugurated by vice-chancellor Arunabha Basumajumdar. Chandrakala Pandey, a Hindi professor at Calcutta University, will preside over the seminar.

Carron meet

Jaigaon: The Jalpaiguri district administration will hold a meeting with the management and workers of Carron Tea Estate at Malbazar on December 8. The garden has been shut since October 2. Members of trade unions, the management and district officials will attend the meeting.

Robbers held

Islampur: Four persons were arrested from Alinagar on Friday in connection with a robbery in September. A cellphone stolen has been recovered from them.

Extra trains

Siliguri: The weekly superfast special train between Kamakhya and Calcutta will run for six more weeks from December 6, said the Northeast Frontier Railway. The 0574 Kamakhya-Calcutta express will leave Kamakhya at 9pm every Monday and reach Calcutta at 3pm the next day. The 0573 Calcutta-Kamakhya train will leave Calcutta at 9.40pm and arrive at Kamakhya at 3.30pm the next day.

District Briefs

Congress rally

Dhubri, Dec. 3: Assam PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita will address party workers and attend the Dhubri district sevadal rally at Dhubri Srimanta Sankardev Sishu Udyan tomorrow. A total of 5,000 people will formally join the Congress during the rally, Dhubri Congress president Arobinda Kumar Saha said.


Jorhat: Umananda Nath, 50, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at his Katanigaon residence under Cinnamara police outpost on Friday. A case of unnatural death has been registered by police.

Woman killed

Mangaldoi: Kiran Sarma, 38, died on the spot following an LPG cylinder burst at a jewellery shop at Balipara Chowk under Kalaigaon police station in Darrang district on Friday evening. The owner of the shop Gopal Sarma, 46, sustained serious injuries in the incident.

Majuli bridge

B>n Jorhat: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi opened the Doriya Dobi bridge over Doriya channel on Friday. It is the first RC bridge on Majuli island, connecting the Kamalabari and Garmur areas of the island. ogoi then opened a tourist lodge constructed by the tourism department in the island named `Prasanti Paribesh Pajyatan Kshetra’. After that the chief minister laid the foundation stones for seven new bridges in the island. In his address, Gogoi said the government was giving priority to flood and erosion problems of the state and was preparing a Rs 100-crore plan to rehabilitate flood and erosion affected people in the state.


Festival of regional films — India 2010 — from 10am to 6pm at Don Bosco Hall, Laitumkhrah, Shillong. Annual National Handloom Expo, 2010, at Naga Shopping Arcade, Dimapur, from 10am. Awareness Programme on HIV/AIDS at Malki, Shillong. Awareness Programme on HIV/AIDS, to be organised by the Pay for Right Youth and Cultural Club at Malki, Shillong.



CBI site hacked

New Delhi, Dec. 3 (PTI): The CBI’s website was hacked tonight by a group that calls itself the Pakistani Cyber Army.

The homepage of the CBI website had a message from the Pakistani Cyber Army warning Indians not to attack Pakistani websites. Intelligence agencies have warned the government often that proper cyber security was not in place.

HC summons

Bijnor (PTI): Allahabad High Court has summoned the district magistrate and superintendent of Bijnor police to explain why a civil judge has been booked in a hit-and-run case, without taking permission from the Chief Justice. The case relates to the death of two boys who were run over by a vehicle on November 16.

Judge booked

Dewas (PTI): A Madhya Pradesh judge has been booked for allegedly assaulting his bride to-be and demanding cash and vehicle from her family while drunk, police said on Friday. The girl said that when her family refused to give in to his demands, judge Inder Singh Malaviya even slapped her and threatened to take her away forcibly.

Air courier

Jammu (PTI): The Indian Air Force will start air courier service from Jammu and Srinagar airports to Kargil from December 6 to facilitate the movement of people of the remote areas during winter.


Alappuzha (PTI): A 25-year-old man was fatally electrocuted within minutes of lighting his mother’s funeral pyre at a village in the district. Sandeep received a shock from a pedestal fan kept near his mother’s pyre. Later, his funeral took place close to the pyre of his mother.

Business Briefs

Bail for loan scam accused

Mumbai, Dec. 3: A special CBI court today granted bail to all the eight accused in the housing loan scam nine days after their arrest. While granting them bail on a surety of Rs 2 lakh each, special CBI judge S.P. Tavade said their custody was not required further. The court has, however, directed the accused to not tamper with the evidence or leave the country.

MOIL price

New Delhi, Dec. 3: State-run MOIL’s issue price has been fixed at Rs 375 per share, which will help the company raise Rs 1,260 crore. The company is likely to get listed on the bourses on December 15. The manganese miner is the fifth PSU to divest its stake this fiscal.

FII bond quota

Mumbai, Dec. 3: Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have received a Rs 22,000-crore quota for investment in government bonds, following a decision to permit them to pump in more money in these papers, market regulator Sebi said in a release.

Job survey

New Delhi, Dec. 3: Employment in the country rose 4.35 lakh during July-September, a survey carried out by the government showed. The maximum increase in employment was observed in textile, including apparel, where 2.45 lakh jobs were generated.

Satyam AGM

Mumbai, Dec. 3: Mahindra Satyam will hold its 22nd and 23rd annual general meeting with the shareholders for the year 2008-09 and for 2009-10 on December 21.

Godrej buy

New Delhi, Dec. 3: FMCG major Godrej Consumer Products has acquired Swastik and Genteel brands for an undisclosed amount, strengthening its portfolio in personal and household care segment.

Montek stand

New Delhi, Dec. 3: Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today distanced himself from speculation that he was in the race for the post of IMF chief, saying he is not a candidate.


Sports Briefs

Gibbs’ CSA contract cancelled

Calcutta: Cricket South Africa says it has cancelled Herschelle Gibbs’ contract “by mutual agreement”. CSA chief executive Gerald Majola said the early termination of the 36-year-old batsman’s deal with the national body, which was due, to expire in April, “is the best move for both parties,” in a media release. In Friday’s statement Majola thanks Gibbs “for the contribution he has made to the successes of the Proteas.”

Lele view

Vadodara: The Baroda Cricket Association could face BCCI’s ire for not following its recent directive in distribution of match passes to former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele and ex-Test stumper Nayan Mongia. “The BCCI has issued a circular that all match hosting associations should issue pavilion passes for international matches conducted by them, to former Board presidents, secretaries and ex-Test cricketers. But myself, as well as Nayan Mongia, were Friday given passes for other stands to watch Saturday’s ODI,” Lele said.

Mega deal

New Delhi: After striking a Rs 26 crore endorsement deal with the world’s second largest spirits firm, the UB Group, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is set to sign up to four more deals soon.

Wahab to sue

Lahore: After Imran Farhat and Umar Akmal, Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz is the latest to threaten a legal action against alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed for claiming that he was also on his payroll and was involved in fixing matches.

War of words

Karachi: Former captains Javed Miandad and Waqar Younis have started a war of words after PCB offered Pakistan’s batting and fielding consultant job for the New Zealand team to the former.

Washed out

Pallekelle: The third day’s play of the final test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain. West Indies was to resume their first innings on 244 for five Friday.

Piyush wins

New Delhi: India’s Piyush Sangwan carded a three-under 69 on the final day to lift the Albatross International Championship title at Classic Golf Resorts here Friday.

India lose

New Delhi: Dipika Pallikal fought back from a two game deficit to win her match but could not save India from losing against South Africa 1-2 in a play-off match of the Women’s World Team Squash championship in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Rohan award

Monaco: Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi have been conferred the Peace and Sport Award from a Monaco-based foundation, their second honour in a week, for their message of ‘Stop War Start Tennis’, Thursday night.



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