BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

A watch tower in the Mahananda sanctuary that was opened on Monday in memory of Mansing, apet elephant of the forest department. (Kundan Yolmo) - not birdwatching, are we ?!!

Good Morning: Hello,  It’s Tuesday, December 7, 2010
From The Telegraph

 

Maoists kill ‘cop informer’

Midnapore, Dec. 6: Suspected Maoists shot dead an active member of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities in a West Midnapore village last night, accusing him of being a police informer.

According to police, Asit Bera, 42, a farmer, was sleeping at his home in Bachhurkhonar village in Nayagram when about 12 men armed with single barrel guns entered his house. “Tapas’s family members told us that the assailants accused him of being a police informer and demanded his diary. When he refused, they pointed a gun at him and ordered him to go with them,” said a police officer. Asit’s body was discovered by villagers this morning about 20 feet from his house with a bullet in his head.

40 join Intuc

Jalpaiguri: Around 40 workers of a soft drink manufacturing unit at Raninagar Industrial Estate, off NH31D, joined the Intuc on Monday. Aloke Chakraborty, a state Intuc leader, said the workers had earlier been with the Citu.

NH blockade

Jaigaon: Around 400 people blocked NH31 at Dhupjhora More in the Metelli block on Monday, demanding immediate payment of wages under the 100-days’ job scheme. The protesters said the wages had been pending for the past six months. The hour-long blockade was lifted at 4pm after K.N. Garl, the joint block development officer of Metelli, reached the spot and assured the people of immediate payment.

Book fair

Islampur: The North Dinajpur district book fair began at Islampur High School here on Monday. The weeklong fair was inaugurated by Anwarul Haque, the minister of state for health.

Rail meeting

Siliguri: Citu state president Shyamal Chakraborty addressed more than 1,000 hawkers and contract workers at New Jalpaiguri station on Monday. He blamed railway minister and Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee for alleged retrenchment in the railways.

Northeast Briefs

Mishap kills one

Kokrajhar, Dec. 6: One person was killed and seven others injured, three of them seriously, in a road accident around 4.15 this morning at Bhotepowabori under Simla police station in Baksa district. The victim has been identified as Pabitra Das, 50. The injured were taken to Pathsala health centre.

Panther

Dibrugarh: The black panther captured at the Maijan Tea Estate in Dibrugarh dictrict was released in the Joypur reserve forest on Monday.

Chairman

Jorhat: Rana Khan, a ward member of the Sivasagar Municipal Board, assumed charge as the chairman of the the board on Monday, following resignation of the incumbent chairman M. Daulah, because of health reasons. Law minister and Sivasagar MLA Pranab Gogoi administered the oath of office to Khan.

Mama feted

Jorhat: Senior Ulfa leader, Bhimkanta Buragohain alias Mama, who was released rom jail on Sunday, as felicitated by various organisations in Golaghat, Jorhat and ivasagar districts on Monday, while he was on his way to his hometown Tinsukia.

Events

Handloom and Handicraft Mela at NEDFi Haat from 10am. An exhibition of paintings and photographs at the State Art Gallery from 11am. The 5th Asom International Trade Fair organised by Prayag at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre from 11am.

Business Briefs

SCI offer price

New Delhi, Dec. 6: The government today fixed the issue price of the Shipping Corporation follow-on offer at Rs 140 a share that will help raise around Rs 1,160 crore. A part of this would be used to fund the company’s entry into the port business. “The government has fixed Shipping Corporation’s FPO issue price at Rs 140 per share — the upper end of the price band,” a source said.

RBI purchase

Mumbai, Dec. 6: The Reserve Bank has decided to purchase government securities for up to Rs 12,000 crore through open market operations to inject liquidity into the system, which is facing a cash crunch because of a slew of IPOs and a busy credit season. The RBI will purchase four kinds of government papers, scheduled to mature in 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2022.

Gold ETFs

Mumbai, Dec. 6: Market regulator Sebi has directed mutual funds to disclose whether money collected for gold-focused schemes was actually invested in the precious metal. “It has been decided that physical verification of gold underlying the gold ETF units shall be carried out by statutory auditors of mutual fund schemes and reports (given) to trustees in half-yearly basis,” Sebi said.

 

Sports Briefs

Messi, Xavi, Iniestanominated

Paris: Barcelona players Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi were the three nominees on Monday for Fifa’s ‘Ballon d’Or’ award for the World Player of the Year. Midfielders Iniesta and Xavi helped Spain win the World Cup, while Argentina forward Messi led Barcelona to another Spanish title.

No changes

Paris: Fifa is not considering changing when the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is played despite fears the intense heat poses a serious health risk if the tournament is played in summer.

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke said Monday that he accepts “worries about the heat are legitimate” but that the intention remains not to waver from the original plans.

Ban dropped

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho had a suspended one-match ban dropped Monday and his team’s fine was also reduced on appeal after claims he instructed players to deliberately get red cards so they could serve bans in a meaningless game.

Mourinho is suspended for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Auxerre, but Uefa’s appeals body rescinded a further one-match ban which was to be imposed if he was found guilty within the next three years of what it called ‘improper conduct’.

Boxer

Thrissur: Little-known boxer, Lal Buatsaihi of Mizoram, on Monday stunned Priyanka Chaudhary of Uttarakhand 4:1, on the second day of the National Women’s Boxing Championships here on Monday.

The most exciting bout of the day saw Bihar’s Mamta take on Jahnabi Gogri of Assam, in the 48kg category. The scores were tied after the completion of fourth round but the result went 3-2 in favour of Mamta in individual score.

Ghosal in fray

New Delhi: Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal will spearhead Indian challenge in the PSA and WISPA Masters squash meet, which will see some of the world’s best participating at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here from December 12-19.

Tragic end

Mumbai: Varun Pathare, a budding tennis player from Nashik, passed away in a tragic road accident on the Mumbai-Nashik highway on Monday. Pathare would have turned 14 on January 18. Varun was ranked 103 as per the latest AITA rankings for boys under-14.

Marcus offer

Melbourne: Former opener Marcus Trescothick was offered a chance to earn a $1.56 million if he muscles the ball over 210 feet from the Nursery End landmark at the Lord’s. The hard-hitting batsman received the offer from his bat makers Mongoose for repeating a feat that has been attained only once in the cricketing history.

 

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