T HE ECHO OF INDIA• SILIGURI 2 Downtown/State Wednesday October 22, 2014 Sikkim Brahma Kumaris host stress management programme GANGTOK, OCT 21 /--/ The Br ahma Kumaris Rajyoga Meditation Centre Sikkim on Tuesday organised a programme on the true essence of education, health, mind and stress management as well as a de-addiction workshop in several schools in East Sikkim. Some of them included Rhenock Senior Secondary School, Government College Rhenock, Khamdong Junior High School, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh garlanding newly-elected Elangbam Dwijamani Singh, Congress (I) candidate in the Hiyanglam Assembly byelections, during the reception Ceremony at Congress Bhavan, B T Road in Imphal on Tuesday. Jharkhand woman missing for 16 years found in Malda MALDA, OCT 21 /- -/ A middle aged woman from Manirampur village in Jharkhand was today found in the Makdampur area of Malda. The mentally challenged lady, identified as Maskura Bibi (55), was handed over to her brother Naimuddin Sheikh by the English Bazaar police. Maskura had been missing from her paternal home since the last 16 years. According to Naimuddin, his sister had married a man from a neighbouring village at the tender age of 18. After three years of the marriage, Maskura left her husband following an argument with him and his family and started to live with her father. “She was okay for a few years, but gradually started getting mentally ill and she suddenly disappeared one day. She had been lost since the last 16 years. We searched for her everywhere, but in vain,” said Naimuddin. The family also performed Maskura’s last rites assuming her to be no more, while her parents are no more. A few days ago, a man from Manirampur village was in Malda with his wife for some medical treatment. He spotted Maskura walking in the streets of Makdampur in a dismal state and immediately informed her brother back home. Following this, Naimuddin along with some neighbours arrived in Malda and the English Bazaar police helped them rescue Maskura. Maskura owns about 30 bighas of land back home and has several relatives. In Makdampur, she had made for herself a small shack on the roadside used to survive on food and clothing offered by the locals. (HS) BJP aims big in Mamata's Bengal KOLKATA / Oct 21 /--/ Even as the CBI and Enforcement Directorate tighten its noose day by day around the necks of TMC bigwigs for their alleged unsavoury links in the Saradha scam and consequently the state government’s propoor image gets increasingly battered, the BJP’s hopes for emerging a formidable force in Bengal politics if not for grabbing power in near future keep soaring. BJP’s shrill propaganda across the state for not only laying bare the TMC’s multiplying acts of omission and commission but also for peddling its pernicious Hindutwa concoction including ‘push back’ of Muslim infiltrators with the help of RSS’ fanatic pracharaks are surely proof enough of the party’s primary objectives in Bengal. It must also be said to the credit of the BJP that the party has despite the ground reality of Bengal’s characteristic secular fabric has seldom sought to cloak its agenda of majoritarian politics. If RSS shakhas (branches) are mushrooming with their brawny hawking and often cocky muscle-flexing against Muslims, BJP’s eager cadres alongside feisty pracharaks are parroting what Mohan Bhagwat (repeated at Nagpur on October 3) has been hollering for long with regard to Bangladeshi Muslims infiltration into Bengal. Let it be recalled that while Narendra Modi made ‘push back’ of infiltrators one of the focal points (along with Saradha scam) of his high-pitched Lok Sabha polls campaigning in Bengal, BJP’s hand-picked strategists in Bengal (including Siddharth Nath Singh, M.A. Naqvi, RSS henchman, Prashant Bhatt and Mennakshi Lekhi) have been busy taking turns to spur swelling ranks of party cadres into bolder actions. Apart from grass-root political persecution victims, the recent onrush of opportunist/ disgruntled Left activists,aspirants from the tinsel world and surprise entry of the wife of Kolkata Police Commissioner would testify the sweep of BJP mission in Bengal. However, BJP is likely to trip in its Bengal mission badly unless it tempers its bid for power with a concrete programme for steady economic and industrial development of the state with resultant ameliorating effects on the worsening plight of farmers, marginal labourers and other downtrodden sections (dominated by TAPAN DAS the minority community and backward castes, adivasis). Bengal’s teeming millions of unemployed youthswould not be entirely swayed by either hyperboles, or rabid/garbled hindutwaagenda and propaganda. Job-hungry youths would have to be provided gainful employment instead of the BJP-RSS staple of divisive politics, tinged with religious overtones. For, such an overdose may well stifle a laugh from all the deprived and oppressed ones. It would also queer the pitch for the zealots on either side of the communal divide, thus prompting a backlash from saner elements of different political hues. BJP’s dream-run towards its cherished goal of being a viable alternative force (following its impressive show in the Lok Sabha polls (16.80 per cent votes) coupled with the TMC government’s crass failure in fulfilling peoples’ sky-high hopes and near decimation of both Left and Congress) may suffer rude jolts in case the Central government does little to reopen hundreds of closed factories, mills and for revival of Bengal’s traditional jute, engineering and tea industries. Pitiable conditions of retrenched workers, their starving families and millions of marginalised population continuously living in abject poverty and squalor would only spawn nightmares and utter cynicism at parties like BJP that spare no efforts to appear as new avatar and messiah for poor. Empty stomachs of jobless and landless farmers cannot bear up pangs of hunger indefinitely merely on mealy mouthed assurances of acche din aane wallah. All the media-hype about Bengal’s impressive gross domestic product growth and progress in small-medium industries sector also may not be enough to brush aside the stark reality of a virtual famine in big ticket industrial investment here. BJP must also be wary of the fact that the TMC has somehow been able to make up more of its perceived political reverses (due to Saradha scam, lawlessness and inter necine squabbles by ‘syndicates’) through a continuous exodus to it from the Congress and the Left. While Bengal’s minority population comprising nearly 30 per cent of state voters have zealously safeguarded their self-interest so far, sharply antagonistic contradictions between the four major contending forces – TMC, BJP, Left and Congress –may still save the day for the ruling party, at least until 2016 Assembly polls. Documentary onbirds adjudged as best scinece programme Nagaland turning into 'Falcon capital' for conservation BERHAMPUR, OCT 21 /--/ A musical science documentary produced by All India Radio (AIR), Berhampur was adjudged as the best science programme in national level and to get Akashavani annual award-2013."The documentary titled "Pakshi" (the bird) was chosen as AIR has introduced the science category award to popularise science broadcast in the country. We are trying to introduce the evaluation, growth, migrating pattern of birds along with some of the extinct species in the documentary, which is presented through folk music," said Hrusihesh Panigrahi, assistant programme officer of AIR, Berhampur. Besides being the producer of the document, Panigrahi has also penned the musical programme. The documentary shows the chadheiya (the birdman), one of the popular characters of the famous folkdance Danda Nata, narrating the story of the birds in folk-music style. The documentary also highlights the success story of conservation of the house sparrow by the house-lovers at Purunabandh, a remote village, near river Rushikuya mouth in Ganjam district. The method of house sparrow conservation started by Rabindra Kumar Sahu in the village was now adopted by different agencies in the state, sources said. Kedar Panigrahi, a folk singer has rendered his voice as chadheiya, while the folk and instrumental music to original tune is provided by his associate M.Madhab Patra and troupe. KOLKATA, OCT 21 /--/ With the hunters of mig ratory Amur Falcon birds turning into protectors, Nagaland has become the "Falcon capital" of the world, officials said today. "Against the general perception of Naga people being compulsive hunters, the success of Amur Falcon conservation has put Nagaland on the global map; and the sheer number of the Amur Falcon population here has made it the 'Falcon Capital' of the world," Nagaland's divisional forest officer (Doyang) Zuthunglo Patton said in a statement. While migrating to African sub-continent every winter to escape the extreme cold of Siberia, thousands of Amur Falcon birds roost in Nagaland for over a month. Till two years ago, the raptors were slaughtered in large numbers by locals and eaten as food. The forest official said focused and relentless awareness in the last one year had brought about the success. "The communities of Pangti and adjoining villages in Wokha District have turned the spectacular migration of these magnificent birds into a lifetime opportunity for tourists whose jaws drop in utter amazement over the unforgettable sight," Patton said. Last week, the first batch of Amur falcons arrived in the Doyang Reservoir, after which the villagers of Ashaa, Pangti and Sungro once again reaffirmed their last year's commitment and dedication to protect the falcons with the support of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the Nagaland forest department. 2 cane bombs found from Maoist hideout MUNGER, OCT 21 /--/ Security forces today recovered two powerful cane bombs and fuse wire from a Maoist hideout in the Bhimbandh forest in Munger district. Carrying out a search operation against the Maoists in the Bhimbandh forest, the security forces, comprising CRPF and police, recovered two cane bombs, weighting 20 kg each, and a 100 meter fuse wire from Patthadiha locality, Superintendent of Police Varun Kumar Sinha said. The search operation against the ultras is on, he said. ER’sspecial arrangements for Kali Puja KOLKATA, OCT 21 /--/ To cater to the rush of visitors to Puja Pandals in the night of Kali Puja, Eastern Railway has made special arrangements for running suburban trains over Sealdah and Howrah divisions. Four pairs of Suburban Special trains will be run, one pair each between Sealdah & Dankuni, Sealdah & Barasat, Sealdah and Ranagahat, Sealdah (South) & Baruipur stations on the nights of October 23, 24 and 25. Sealdah-Dankuni Special Trains will leave Sealdah at 11:30 pm and will leave Dankuni at 12:25 am. Sealdah-Barasat Specials will leave Sealdah at 00:10 am and Barasat at 1:10 am. Sealdah-Ranagahat Specials will leave Sealdah at 12:40 am and Ranaghat at 11:45 pm. SealdahBaruipur Specials will leave Sealdah (South) station at 12:30 am and Baruipur station at 01:25 am on those nights.(EOIC) Mulukay Junior High School, Chujachen Senior Secondary School and Phadamchen Secondary School. Brahma Kumari Sister Sonam Diki, Brothers Rohit Sharma, Mohan Kafley and others conducted the classes to the students and the public. They imparted practical training on stress management and highlighted its importance. The speakers dwelt at length on ways to manage stress, which has become a common problem among people, particularly the youths. The management programmes was appreciated by the teachers, students and heads of the institutions and the people at large. The organisers highlighted the high incidence of suicide rates in Sikkim, which is believed to be one of the highest in India. Suicidal tendencies are actually generated by undue stress and needless anxiety and Rajyoga meditation helps to calm down the agitated and confused mind, they said. The resource persons also illustrated the procedure of Rajyoga meditation. Students, teachers and villa ge residents have requested the Centre to hold such programmes regularly so that problems arising due to stress can be managed easily. (PR) Labour Youth arrested with counterfeit contractor currency worth Rs 2 lakh shot at MALDA, OCT 21 /-- / A labour contractor returning home late on Monday night was shot at by three people near the Husainpur area of Phursida GP under the Harsihchadrapur police station in Malda. The police have identified the victim as Neherul Sheikh, a labour contractor by profession and currently working in Delhi. Last night, he was returning home from Delhi when he was shot at by three miscreants. He was rushed to the Malda Medical College and Hospital and is currently undergoing treatment. Police sources said Neherul has two wives, Khushi Bibi and Anwara Bibi, who live in Husainpur. A few days ago, his first wife, Khushi Bibi, eloped with a man named Massud Alam. Neherul was on his way after hearing the news when he was intercepted by three bike-bound men near Husainpur and taken to an isolated bamboo grove before being shot at. Although grievously injured, Neherul was saved by area residents and rushed to hospital. Harsihchadrapur police station in-charge Babin Banerjee said Neherul’s second wife Anwara Bibi has filed an FIR against Khushi Bibi and Massud Alam for attempted murder. “Both are absconding. We have started a probe into the matter and are on the lookout for the two,” said Banerjee. (HS) Chamling’s Diwali greetings to people of Sikkim GANGTOK, OCT 21 /--/ Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and his wife Tika Maya Chamling have e xtended their Diwali greetings to the people of Sikkim. The chief minister has wished for happiness, fulfillment and abundance in the lives of the people. He noted the festival of lights carries a profound message in that it celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Chamling further said, “I pray and wish the festival showers prosperity and brings out the goodness in each and every one. Diwali is a festival of celebration. However, in doing so, let us not forget our pledge to keep our environment safe and clean.” (IPR) MALDA, OCT 21 /--/ The English Bazaar police on Monday night arrested a youth from the Mahananda Setu-II area of Sahapur in Malda for possessing fake currency worth Rs2 lakh. The youth has been identified as Rabiul Islam (25) of Chari Ananata GP under the Kaliyachak police station. Police sources said Rabiul was carrying four bundles of Rs500 denomination in his shirt and trouser pockets. English Bazaar police station in-charge Dilip Karmakar said a patrol team on its routine rounds near the Mahananda Setu-II area stopped Rabiul for questioning as he w as loitering about suspiciously. “Upon searching, him the patrol found counterfeit money worth Rs2 lakh. As per preliminary investigations, Rabiul had brought the money from Kaliyachak. Further investigation on where the money was to be delivered is being conducted, ” infor med Kar makar. (HS) NJP police arrest two Bangladeshi immigrants SILIGURI, OCT 21 /-- / The NJP police today arrested two illegal Bangladeshi immigrants from South Colony of Siliguri. The two have been identified as Sanjay Mahat and Amal Chandra Mandal. Sanjay is from Sherpur in Bagura district of Bangladesh, while Amal is from Prashadpur in Naugaon District. Police sources said the duo was staying in Michael Madhusudan Colony and worked as a cycle repairman and fruit vendor respectively. The two were presented at the Jalpaiguri court and sent to police remand. (HS) Longest railway tunnel in N-E scooped out HAFLONG, OCT 21 /--/ The longest railway tunnel in the North-East on the newly constructed Lumding-Silchar broad gauge line in Assam has been scooped out, said Northeast Frontier Railway officials. The tunnel is situated near New Haflong station building and passes below Haflong town and the underground excavation work from both ends met each other on Sunday in Dima Hasao district, said NF Railway senior public relations officer (construction) Md M M Y Alam. The 3,235 meter long tunnel connects the newly built New Haflong railway station with Jatingalumpur railway station, he said adding it is considered as one of the most critical tunnel in the 210-km broad gauge track. It was scooped out with great difficulty due to soil conditions of the area and geological issues. Adverse geological conditions were encountered during underground excavation of the tunnel and its completion has been seen as a major challenge for the construction engineers of NF Railway, he told reporters yesterday. A high level team of the construction organisation comprising its chief executive administrative officer Ajit Pandit, chief engineer R K Ginger and others inspected the tunnel on Monday. Terming it as a feat of the Railways in 2014-15, Alam said Construction Organisation has in a major breakthrough made the much awaited and difficult tunnel gauge conversion project. Though work on the tunnel had begun in September 2005, it did not progress well initially due to several geological problems. However, from 2012 onw ards the work r esumed and now the tunnel has been opened, Alam said adding, the remaining work of benching, lining and invert is scheduled to be completed by January next year. There will be a total of 17 long and short tunnels and 79 major bridges in the entire alignment of Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion project of 11,168 meters for running broad gauge trains between Lumding and Silchar through Dima Hasao district, Alam said. There will be 28 stations along the line and the maximum permissible speed for trains on it will be 70 kmph in the hill section and 100 kmph in the plain areas. As proposed the other works like earth filling, construction of major and minor bridges, station buildings, track linking are on, he said. With a present overall work progress of 96 per cent, NF Railway Construction is confident of completing the gauge conversion by March 31 next year at an approximate cost of around Rs 233 crore, he added. Bihar ministers to go hightech PATNA, OCT 21 /--/ To keep pace with technology, Bihar ministers will undergo one-day training in computer and tablet operation tomorrow to bring efficiency in their work. Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi will inaugurate a day-long workshop here tomorrow in which all 32 ministers would be provided training in operation on computer and tablet, Information Technology minister Shahid Ali Khan said today. For the purpose, the state IT department had tied up with the National Institute of Electronicc and Information Technology (NIELIT) to improve efficiency in the departmental work of ministers, Khan said. Giving de- tails of the course content of the training programme, Director of NIELIT in Bihar, Alok Tripathi said that the ministers would be given basic knowledge about computer and tablet and their utility. Tripathi said earlier such training had been provided to ministers during the regime of Sheila Dikshit in Delhi. PTI Three arrested with firearms MALDA, OCT 21 /--/ The English Bazaar police on Monday night arrested three youths with locally made firearms from the Baghbari area of Malda town. The trio has been identified as Aajiul Sabji (25) of Milki GP under the English Bazaar police station, and Sanjay Shah (22) and Manu Das (29) of the Puratul area of town. English Bazaar PS in-charge Dilip Karmakar said the three were arrested along with a pipe gun, a round of ammunition and a sickle. “The youths had the intention of mugging people at Baghbari Stand, but we arrested them before they could do anything. Due to the festive season, we have increased security across town to deter incidents such as this,” added Karmakar. (HS) A woman shopper trying on ear rings as it is considered auspicious to buy jewellry on the occasion of Dhanteras, in Patna on Tuesday.
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