An elephant calf was found isolated from its herd on Huntapara Tea Estate, 60km from Alipurduar, on Friday. A kunki from Jaldapara was sent to the garden to drive the two-year-old makna back into the forest. But the calf did not allow the kunki to come close to it till Friday evening. Foresters were worried that the baby elephant would fall in the garden drains at night. (Anirban Choudhury) - domestication and training the answer ?!!

Good Morning: Hello, It’s Saturday, December 11, 2010
From The Telegraph


Teacher held for ‘cheating’

Balurghat, Dec. 10: A schoolteacher, whose social marriage was scheduled to be held today, was arrested from his house at Dangipara last night for allegedly cheating a college student whom he had promised to marry.

Sandip Mondal, 32, was produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate this morning and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. He had registered his marriage with a girl from Shanti Colony in October and the social wedding was scheduled for this evening. But when the third year student of Balurghat College, who stays in the same locality, came to know about the wedding, she lodged a complaint with the Balurghat police stating that she had been in a relationship with Mondal for almost a year and he had promised to marry her. She also told the police that she had signed on a marriage registration certificate.

Strike threat

Jalpaiguri: Bus and mini-bus owners in the Dooars have threatened to go on a strike and lock up the office of the National Highways Authority of India in Siliguri to protest the alleged delay in repairing roads. “The NHAI had promised to repair the roads by November. But that was not done. If the work does not begin in full swing by next week, then we will call an indefinite strike and lock up the NHAI’s north Bengal regional office in Siliguri,” said Debabrata Sarkar, the general secretary of the Jalpaiguri-Dooars Minibus Owners’ Association, on Friday. Project director of the NHAI’s regional office, R. K. Chowdhury, said the work could not be completed in time because of non-arrival of funds from Delhi.

Road mishap

Balurghat: Dhala Mondal, 60, a resident of Sewai, was killed when he was hit by a pick-up van on Friday. Police said he was crossing the state highway near Patiram when the vehicle knocked him down. The van has been seized but the driver managed to escape.

Turtles seized

Balurghat: One person was arrested from Malancha near here on Friday and six turtles were recovered from him. The reptiles were later handed over to forest officials in Balurghat.

Northeast Briefs

BSNL service

Dibrugarh, Dec. 10: Mobile phone and Internet users of BSNL in Dibrugarh are having a tough time because of erratic service by the telecom service provider during the past 48 hours.


Kohima: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio hosted the dinner in honour of Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice Madan B. Lokur, on Thursday at the Heritage old deputy commissioner’s bungalow at Officers’ Hill, Kohima.


Jorhat: The forest department has released Rs 26.09 lakh to be paid as compensation to those affected by elephant depredation in Jorhat forest division comprising the Jorhat and Mariani ranges in the past two years.


Dibrugarh: The DTO seized 36 vehicles, including mini buses and autos, for violating traffic rules in the Assam Medical College area in Dibrugarh town on Friday.


Jorhat: The house of a businessman in the Malow-Ali area bypass, Pramath Baruah, was burgled on Thursday night. 

National seminar

National seminar on Terrorism and Northeast Development at Devi Charan Barua Girls’ College, Jorhat, from 9.30am.


Assam Mahotsav at JDSA grounds, Jorhat. Cherrapunjee Indigenous Festival at Sohra from 10am.


Garo Baptist church will celebrate its centenary at Eralibill, Dimapur, at 9am.


Dimapur Timber Contractors’ Union meeting at 10am at Purana Bazaar, Dimapur. Chakhesang Christian Revival Church Women Organisation’s annual meeting at Khezhakeno Lower village from 9am.


The 5th Jeebon Roy Memorial Debate at the seminar hall of Jeebon Roy Memorial Welfare Institute from 10am.


The 30th All Assam Jogeswar Barua Memorial one-act play at JB Memorial Hall at Bihpuria, Lakhimpur, from 10am.


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



Aussie attacks

Melbourne, Dec. 10 (PTI): An Australian court has sentenced two teenagers for terrorising and robbing six Indian men over four days last year in a racist rampage they codenamed “Punji hunting”.

Judge Liz Gaynor sentenced Julius Medina to three years detention in a youth justice centre and Peter Salapura to perform 624 hours of unpaid community work. Gaynor stressed that the attacks were not motivated by a hatred of Indians.

Polio cases

New Delhi (PTI): The country has reported more than 90 per cent decline in polio cases this year, Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Friday. Till December 3 this year, there have been 40 polio cases compared to 741 last year.

Thapar award

New Delhi: Karan Thapar has won the Asian Television Award for best current affairs presenter for Devil’s Advocate, an interview-based programme on CNN-IBN. The winning interview featured Ram Jethmalani, who walked out in anger over some of the questions.

Posts vacant

New Delhi (PTI): More than 450 posts under the reserved category were lying vacant at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College and associated hospitals in the national capital owing to various reasons, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the Lok Sabha on Friday.


Surat (PTI): A city-based land broker escaped unhurt on Friday after two unidentified men shot at him twice at Katargam area of the city, police said. The incident took place when Hasmukh Moradia was going towards his house in his car. Police said the attack could be because of some professional rivalry.

Business Briefs

Severstal, NMDC deal

New Delhi, Dec. 10: Iron ore miner NMDC and Russia’s steel maker OJSC Severstal will jointly set up a 5 million tonne steel plant in Karnataka, which will go on stream within five years. Although the companies did not give the project cost, sources said it could be around Rs 25,000 crore, with the Russian company initially putting in about Rs 4,500 crore.

China policy

Beijing, Dec. 10: China’s central bank has raised the amount of money the country’s lenders must keep on reserve for the third time in a month. The step to raise the reserve requirement ratio was aimed to mop up excess cash in the economy.

Trade with EU

Brussels, Dec. 10: India and the EU have reached the final stage of a trade and investment opening pact. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the Broad Based Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement would have enough safeguards to protect the interests of Indian farmers and traders.

Companies bill

New Delhi, Dec. 10: The government today said it expected the new companies bill to come into force by the end of this fiscal, replacing the existing five-and-a-half-decade-old act.

Reva car

Pune, Dec. 10: Electric vehicle maker Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles today launched its Revai priced at Rs 3.10 lakh (ex-showroom Pune).


Sports Briefs

Saurav and Joshna retain titles

Mumbai: Top seeds Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa fashioned impressive wins to retain the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, in the 58th Senior National squash championship on Friday. While, world No. 22 Ghosal registered a 10-12, 12-10, 11-4, 11-2 win over Harinderpal Singh Sandhu, Joshna overcame second seed Saumya Karki of Maharasthra 11-6, 11-4, 11-7.

Jeev decision

New Delhi: Nursing a back injury but part of the Asian team for next month’s Royal Trophy, Jeev Milkha Singh on Friday said he would decide on his participation only at the end of this month.

Lahiri tied 23rd

Siem Reap: Anirban Lahiri returned a blemish-free five-under 67 to make the cut at tied 23rd even as Himmat Rai slipped to tied 40th, with a modest one-under 71, in the second round of the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open here.

Sarita best

Thrissur: Former world champion L Sarita Devi of Manipur won the 51kg title after defeating Rebeeca Lali Mawii of Mizoram, 15-1, in the National Women’s Boxing championship, here Friday. In the 48 kg category final, Vanlal Duati of Tripura defeated Monita of Arunachal Pradesh to win 3-1.

Record deal

Madrid: Barcelona have agreed a record shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation worth 30 million euros ($40 million) a season through to the end of the 2015-16 campaign, the La Liga champions said, on Friday.

Snoods ban

Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has reportedly banned his players from wearing snoods, the latest fashion statement to hit the Premier League.

Strike off

Milan: This weekend’s Serie A players’ strike has been cancelled after a deal was reached with the league over a new collective contract, the Italian footballers’ union said.

Ramiz view

Karachi: Pakistan’s former captain Ramiz Raja Friday said that it is time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to decide how they want to save the integrity of the national team. “The year 2010 has been a terrible one for Pakistan . The Board has to decide whether they want talented but chor players or those with less talent but more integrity and honesty,” he said.

CA celebrations

Calcutta: Cricket Australia will mark 40 years of ODI cricket this season, with fans encouraged to join the celebrations with a new campaign. The campaign will pay homage to the great moments of ODI cricket and reward fans who dress in 1970s gear at matches.


Chittagong: The fourth ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe has been abandoned after rain made conditions unplayable in Chittagong, on Friday.


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