One person has been arrested in this connection and a team of Kolkata Police sleuths had left for Durg. The tiny monkeys, just two feet in height, were mysteriously stolen from their cage in Alipore Zoo following which an Interpol look-out notice was sent out to trace them. Two private security personnel on guard at the zoo were arrested a day after the incident came to light. Following the incident, Alipur Zoological Garden director Subir Chowdhury was put under suspension.
Altogether 16 rare Brazilian monkeys had been brought to Alipore zoo in 2001.
Jalpaiguri, 28 August : Despite late arrival of monsoon rains this year, jute farmers in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal are rejoicing due to bumper production of the crop.
Jute is one of the most viable cash crops of India. And this cash crop is mostly cultivated in the eastern margin of the country. West Bengal stands first in the country in jute production and the districts of Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar are the forerunners in the production of jute in the whole of West Bengal.
Rangpur, 28 August : A mural has been unveiled at the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Club in Rangpur, northern Bangladesh to commemorate the social reform efforts of the 19th century pioneer of "Bengali Renaissance".
A school will be set up where Roy lived between 1809 and 1814 by the joint effort of the club and the Bengali International (BI), a London-based charity. Bangladesh Industries Minister Dilip Barua unveiled the mural prepared by sculptor Aneek Reza.
Siliguri, 28 August : Darjeeling hills incurred a loss of Rupees 600 crore in Cyclone Aila and two landslides this month. While Aila caused infrastructural loss of Rs.450 crore in the hills, The loss due to the two landslides this month was not less than Rs 150 crore, West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said here today.
Sen who visited the affected areas of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong in the last two days told reporters that the state government had allotted Rs 55 crore for relief and repair, which was progressing satisfactorily. The district administration was asked to prepare a report on the loss due to landslide which had extensively damaged roads in the hills, the chief secretary said.
He also asked the district administration to send the report to the state government in Kolkata to help prepare a schedule for undertaking repairs on a priority basis, he said.
BSS, Gaibandha, 28 August : The activities of Gaibandha Food Security project for ultra poor (BPL) women has started in the district since January this year.
The objective of the five-year project is to sustain food security and improve livelihood through empowerment of poor women in the district. Besides, to involve the poor women in various income generating activities, help them exercise their human rights and make them aware on disaster preparedness are also the objectives of the project, sources said.
Fed up with the plundering elephants, the villagers took it upon themselves to chase the animals back towards the forest. ‘The animals plundered the whole area. They have damaged the crops and our houses as well,’ said Ramesh Chettri, a villager. Experts claim that massive deforestation, poaching and people encroaching upon forest corridors have forced elephants to move out of their natural habitats in search of food and water.
Home to 60 per cent of Asia’s elephants, India has the highest death rate from human-elephant conflict in the world, with 200-250 people and 100 elephants killed annually.
IANS, Kolkata, 28 August : Eight private hospitals in Kolkata have agreed to open isolation wards for treating swine flu patients following a request from the state government, a top health official said.
“We had requested 15 private hospitals to open isolation wards. Eight of them have responded positively,” Tapas Sen, the state’s nodal officer for swine flu, told IANS. Apollo Gleanagles, Ruby General hospital, Calcutta Medical Research Institute and B.P. Poddar hospital are among the private facilities to offer swine flu treatment. “We will hold detailed discussions on the nitty-gritties once we receive the final proposals from them,” Sen said.
Apollo Gleneagles said it was almost ready with a new isolation ward. “We will be in a position to open it soon,” said hospital CEO Rupali Basu.
Director General (DG) of BR Mohammad Belayet Hossain yesterday told BSS that as per the instructions, intercity trains Lalmoni Express, Ekota Express and Drutojan started carrying vegetables to Dhaka using one bogy each from the region since last February.
Agartala, 28 August : An top leader of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura has surrendered to police here. The outfit's organising secretary Bidyasingh Jamatiya surrendered at Gandacherra police station in Dhalai district last night, police said.
According to police, Jamatiya, along with his wife and two children, fled from NLFT headquarters at Khagrachari in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and crossed over to India in Gandacherra subdivision in the district.
He had carried out a number of ambushes on security force since 1995.