BRIEFS FROM THE REGION
Good Morning: Hello, It’s Monday, December 6, 2010
From The Telegraph
Transport strike in hills
Siliguri, Dec. 5: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-affiliated All Transport Joint Action Committee has called a transport strike in Kurseong and Mirik blocks tomorrow.
Norbu Lama, the president of the committee, said today they could not renew their permits and registration and fitness certificates because of the closure of the district motor vehicles office in the hills. “We had asked the authorities many times to reopen the office but nothing has been done. So, we have called a strike tomorrow,” he said. According to Lama, vehicles will not run between Siliguri and Kurseong or Mirik or Darjeeling or between the three hill towns tomorrow.
Blast kills 1
Cooch Behar: One person was killed and two suffered burns when an LPG cylinder burst in an ice cream factory on Sahebganj Road in Dinhata on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Rakesh Sahya, 29. The injured were admitted to the subdivisional hospital at Dinhata. Later they were referred to the district hospital in Cooch Behar. Police said they were verifying if the factory had a licence.
Jaigaon: Ranjit Oraon, a resident of Santalibusty near Jaigaon, died when the motorcycle he was riding rammed into a roadside tree on Saturday night. The 30-year-old was going home when the accident occurred at Santalibusty.
Jalpaiguri: The two-day Samsing Jaldhaka Orange Festival will start at Samsing, around 30km from here, on Monday. Tourists, residents and stakeholders of the tourism industry will participate in the festival.
Siliguri: The North Bengal State Transport Corporation will resume AC bus services between Calcutta and Siliguri from Monday. Sources said the buses would leave Tenzing Norgay central bus terminus here and the L-20 bus terminus at Esplanade in Calcutta at 7pm everyday. The fare has been fixed at Rs 400 per person.
Storerooms gutted in fire
Jorhat: A fire broke out in the wee hours of Sunday at three storerooms in the Chamber Road area of Jorhat town, which is one of the important commercial and residential areas here. The rooms, mostly containing woolen garments to be delivered to traders by the road transport companies, were completely gutted with property worth several lakhs estimated to be destroyed. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Guwahati: The Assam Information Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the Hailakandi block development officer for his failure to furnish information to one Jakir Hussain Laskar who had filed an RTI petition. Laskar, on June 14, submitted the RTI petition to the public information officer, seeking to know the development records of the Kanchanpur GP.
Guwahati: Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, on Sunday signed a memorandum of agreement with Tezpur Central University to start a centre at Tezpur. The agreement was signed at the office of the institute in Calcutta in the presence of Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. The agreement was to be signed in Tezpur on November 21 but was postponed because Mukherjee’s unavailability.
Jorhat: The excise department on Sunday seized 200 bottles of adulterated foreign liquor from Farkating area of Golaghat district.
A 10-day yoga training camp at Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Uzan Bazar. Sessions are from 6am to 7.30am.
Handloom and Handicraft Mela at NEDFi Haat from 10am.
An exhibition of paintings and photographs at the State Art Gallery from 11am.
Drawing competition on an all-Assam basis at the Boragaon Nepali Vidyalaya, Devkotanagar, Maligaon on December 19, 10am onwards. Interested participants please contact Nartan Sarathi and G.S. Fine Arts School, Maligaon, before December 12. Kamrupi lokageet solo competition on December 29 at Sanatan Dharmasabha (Harisabha) auditorium at Panbazar. Please contact 98643-24621.
Threat to Modi
Washington, Dec. 5 (PTI): Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba had planned to assassinate Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and use Kerala and Tamil Nadu as bases for carrying out strikes in south India, according to a secret US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
It also revealed the expanding Lashkar network in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
New Delhi (PTI): The victims of torture inflicted by public servants may get compensation from their tormentors if the suggestions of a parliamentary panel on the Prevention of Torture Bill are accepted and turned into law.
Kochi (PTI): A joint interrogation team of the navy, coast guard, intelligence bureau and police on Sunday started questioning 19 foreigners, who were apprehended on board a dhow by a naval warship off Bitra island in Lakshadweep two days ago. There were 15 Pakistanis and four Iranians in the dhow, police said.
Jammu (PTI): A four-time increase has been found this year in the strikes and protests called by separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the statistics of the state’s home department. There were 35 strikes in 2009. The number rose to 131 in 2010.
Srinagar (PTI): A man working as a cook with a BSF allegedly committed suicide in Bandipora on Sunday. Mukesh Kumar Sharma was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside the BSF camp.
New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has ruled that arrest should be the last option used by police as unnecessary imprisonment of a person violates the fundamental right to personal liberty. “… It (arrest) should be restricted to those exceptional cases where arresting the accused is imperative in the facts and circumstances of that case,” the apex court said in a judgement.
AI seeks amends for delay
Mumbai, Dec. 5: Air India is finalising a $840-million compensation package, which the airline will seek from US aircraft maker Boeing for the inordinate delay in the delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. “The compensation is a mix of different services discount and money, “ Air India chief operating officer Captain Gustav Baldauf said.
New Delhi, Dec. 5: The government has begun the process of selecting chiefs of at least eight public sector banks, including the SBI, where the top positions will fall vacant in the next fiscal. The finance ministry is collecting personal records and profiles of the executive directors of the banks.
Mumbai, Dec. 5: State-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), which has raised around 1,200 crore through its follow-on public offer, is looking to spend $3 billion over the next three years for expansion.
New Delhi, Dec. 5: Under pressure from shareholders, mostly foreign institutions, at least two stock exchanges, including the BSE, may approach the government and Sebi against a proposal to disallow bourses from getting listed.
New Delhi, Dec. 5: The global market for cloud computing technology is expected to be worth over $30 billion (around Rs 1.35 lakh crore) in the next four years, according to a senior official at research group Gartner.
SA tour will help India: Sourav
Calcutta: Team India might be on a roll at the moment but it would be a different experience at the World Cup and the series in South Africa would be an ideal preparation, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Sunday.
“It was nice to see India winning under (Gautam) Gambhir. But the World Cup will be a different experience. Every win is good for the team… We have a very tough away series in South Africa. It will give them an ideal preparation ahead of the big tournament (World Cup),” he said.
New Delhi: The BCCI’s disciplinary committee probing charges of alleged financial irregularities against suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, is likely to hold a meeting on December 15 to cross examine more witnesses.
Karachi: The legal team that will represent Pakistan’s suspended former Test captain Salman Butt in the spot-fixing case continues to grow with one of the country’s most prominent lawyers, Aitzaz Ahsan, joining his defence. Ahsan will represent Butt in the ICC Code of Conduct commission hearing, in Doha, from January 6 to 11.
Karachi: Rashid Latif, the Afghanistan cricket team coach, has rubbished reports that his side’s semi-final match against Pakistan, in last month’s Guangzhou Asian Games, was fixed. “Such talk is just demeaning the hard work put in by my players. I don’t want to even talk about it,” Latif said. The minnows had stunned Pakistan in to make the final.
Thousand Oaks: Jim Furyk was voted by his peers as the PGA Tour Player of the Year. Furyk was the favourite to win the award with his three PGA Tour victories, including the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup.
Sun City: World No. 1 Lee Westwood cruised to victory by eight shots in the Sun City Challenge on Sunday, shooting a four-under-par 68 in the final round to finish on 17-under-par 271.
Sydney: Geoff Ogilvy achieved a 26-year old long dream of capturing the Australian Open golf title when the 33-year-old from Melbourne cruised to an emphatic victory, in Sydney, on Sunday.
Mumbai: Sergeants Ashish Keskar and Sachin Ughade of Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) endured strong challenges in the men’s qualifying third round before advancing in the 58th Senior National Squash Championship here Sunday. While Keskar beat Ranjit Singh, Ughade overcame Ravi Pandey.
Hatay (Turkey): Top-rated Koneru Humpy started off with an easy victory in the women’s world championship opener, but D. Harika was held to a draw by compatriot Kruttika Nadig in the first game of the opening round.