BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

Fully-fledged Asian openbill storks get ready to fly off from their nests at Kulik bird sanctuary near Raiganj, North Dinajpur, on Tuesday. The birds were born at the rookery during August-September, the breeding season for the species. (Nantu Dey) - A bird watchers paradise, yet to be ?!!

Good Morning: Hello, It’s Wednesday, December 8, 2010
From The Telegraph

 

Missing girls rescued

Malda, Dec. 7: Police rescued two minor girls who had been missing since November 30 from a house in Noida near Delhi yesterday and handed them over to their parents today.

Malda police chief Bhuban Mondal said the girls, aged 14 and 15, were students of a high school in Habibpur. They did not return home after they left home for tuition on November 30.

“We came to know about the girls’ whereabouts after arresting one Brojen Haldar, also a resident of Habibpur. The girls told us that they had been taken to Delhi by a man who had promised them jobs,” said Mondal.

Panel scrap

Balurghat: South Dinajpur district child development project officer Brindaban Das on Tuesday cancelled a panel published on Monday to recruit 20 anganwadi workers in the Kusumundi block following allegations that graduates had made it to the list. According to rules, graduates are disallowed from applying for the posts of anganwadi workers.

Dowry murder

Islampur: Nazneen Begum was murdered allegedly by her husband and parents-in-law at Sonakhoda near here on Monday night. Police said the 24-year-old woman had been strangled to death by her husband and his family for refusing to give dowry. Nakibul Rehman married Begum one and a half years ago. Rehman is missing but his parents have been arrested.

School gifts

Jaigaon: The 17th battalion of the Sashastra Seema Bal posted on the India-Bhutan border presented school bags and pencils to 100 children studying at an sishu siksha kendra in Luksan under Nagrakata block on Tuesday.

Jogen honour

Siliguri: Painter Jogen Chowdhury was felicitated by Siliguri Municipal Corporation here on Tuesday. He was here to inaugurate a book fair that began on Sunday. Congress councillors and SMC employees were present at the function.

Northeast Briefs

Engineer released

Imphal, Dec. 7: The abducted assistant engineer of PWD, N.Biren Singh, was released unharmed by his captors, at Churchandpur bazar this morning. Biren was kidnapped by undentified men from his Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai residence on Saturday morning and was in captivity for three days.

Condemned

Imphal: The United Tribal Liberation Army had come out strongly against the kidnapping of S.Singsit, the principal chief conservator f forest, by UKNLF (MC) cadres on Wednesday.

Sohidi Divas

Dhubri: The 335 th Sohidi Divas of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji will be celebrated at Dhubri Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji Gurudwara in a three-day programme under the auspices of Sikh Pratinidhi Board, eastern zone, from Wednesday.

Road mishap

Guwahati: A woman died and 44 others injured, six of them critically, in a road mishap at Goroimari in Kamrup district on Tuesday. The victim has been identified as Kulsum Begum. Police said the accident occurred when the driver lost control of the bus.

National seminar

National Seminar on Policy Perspectives in Education at department of education, Dibrugarh University, from 10am.

Handloom

Annual National Handloom Expo, 2010, at Naga Shopping Arcade, Dimapur, from 10am.

Launch

Oxford University Press, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional Centre, will launch The Oxford Anthology of writings from North-East India at the ICSSR-NERC complex, Shillong, at 2pm. Central Ground Water Board, Meghalaya unit office, in association with Soil and Water Conservation Training Institute, Byrnihat, will conduct awareness programme on Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting and Ground Water Recharge at 11.30am at Conference Hall, Shillong.

NATIONAL BRIEFS

Graft whip

Dewas, Dec. 7 (PTI): A Madhya Pradesh government official faces up to three years in prison and a fine of Rs 5 crore after a court found him guilty of corruption on Monday.

Police had found unaccounted income of Rs 50 lakh in the house of Preetam Singh, a sub-engineer at Shajapur’s public works department. Singh had also acquired property worth crores in Dewas district.

Adarsh row

Nagpur (PTI): The Maharashtra legislature has been stalled by the Opposition’s demands for a Joint Legislative Committee probe into the Adarsh housing society scandal in Mumbai. The Opposition has also called for a full discussion of the scam, which has stopped proceedings in the Lok Sabha’s winter session.

Fatal slip

Namakkal (PTI): A 26-year-old vet drowned in the Cauvery river after he jumped for joy on seeing his friends catch a fish and lost his balance, on a fishing trip near Pallipalayam, Tamil Nadu. Sadasivam’s body was found on Monday night, police said.

Tortoise haul

Fatehpur (PTI): Five people trying to smuggle over 350 tortoises to Bengal have been arrested on a tip-off outside a railway station in Uttar Pradesh. Police said they would investigate the matter further.

Business Briefs

GapCon unit in Bengal

Calcutta, Dec. 7: German engineering firm GapCon plans to set up a paper equipment manufacturing unit in Bengal, managing director Wolfgang Wiertz said today. The West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation has given a lease for a two-acre plot at Kalyani industrial estate for the plant.

Direct tax

New Delhi, Dec. 7: Net direct tax collection has surged 17.85 per cent to Rs 2.16 lakh crore during the April-November period this year compared with the same period last fiscal, thereby crossing 50 per cent of the full-year target.

ONGC shares

New Delhi, Dec. 7: The board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation will meet on December 16 to consider issuing a special dividend to its shareholders, a stock split and a bonus issue.

Spectrum issue

New Delhi, Dec. 7: Former telecom entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar has questioned the spectrum issues raised by Ratan Tata, while reminding him that his group company was a major beneficiary of the same.

Home loan fine

New Delhi, Dec. 7: The levy of a penalty by banks and housing finance firms for foreclosure of home loans does not amount to abuse of dominant position, the Competition Commission of India ruled today.

 

Sports Briefs

Viru to leave for SA today

Mumbai: Virender Sehwag changed his original plan to leave for South Africa with four other Indian cricketers on Monday due to viral infection and he will depart on Wednesday, BCCI sources said Tuesday. “Sehwag pulled out late as he was not well and was down with viral infection. He will be leaving tomorrow (Wednesday) morning with eight other cricketers and manager Ranjib Biswal,” a BCCI source said.

ICC move

Karachi: The ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has recorded the statements of Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, ODI captain Shahid Afridi and team security manager Colonel Khawaja Najam as part of its evidence building process in the spot-fixing case.

No permission

Karachi: The PCB has apparently refused permission to five leading players — Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq — to fly to Malaysia for a commercial shoot for the 2011 World Cup as their trip clashes with the national camp to be held from Wednesday, in Lahore, for the New Zealand tour.

Miandad role

Karachi: Javed Miandad Tuesday agreed to work as a batting consultant in the Pakistan training camp, in Lahore, but has deferred a decision on whether he will accompany the national team to New Zealand. According to reports, Miandad had earlier refused to work under Pakistan coach Waqar Younis.

Gibbs job

Johannesburg: Herschelle Gibbs may be seen in a different role during the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent. Gibbs’s agent, Donne Commins said that the controversial South African opener is in talks with several international broadcasters, including an Indian channel for a commentator’s job.

Rajpal call

New Delhi: His unsavoury relationship with Jose Brasa, notwithstanding, India hockey captain Rajpal Singh is still in favour of a foreign coach but advised Hockey India (HI) to take cue from the BCCI while selecting the coaching staff of the national team. “HI should invite applications for the post of chief coach just like the BCCI,” Rajpal said.

Dempo chance

New Delhi: I-League champions Dempo will play against the winner of West Asian sides Al Ittihad and Al Saad on February 19 for a place in the top-flight AFC Champions League play-offs after they were Tuesday handed a first round-bye in the play-offs.

Ronaldo test

Sao Paulo: Brazilian footballer Ronaldo said on his Twitter feed that he is undergoing a DNA test to determine whether he is the father of a five-year-old boy living in Singapore.

Saurav wins

Mumbai: Saurav Ghosal kicked off his campaign with a comfortable first round win in the 58th Senior National Squash Championships, on Tuesday. He warmed up with a 11-8, 11-2, 11-8 win over qualifier Rushabh Vora of Maharashtra.

 

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