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Sunday, December 13, 2009

26 dead in bus-trailer collision at Kulgachia in Howrah dist.

Howrah, 13 December : At least 26 persons were killed and 41 others injured when a private bus in which they were travelling collided with a truck in Howrah district today.
The incident took place on the National Highway six near Mahisrekha bridge at Kulgachia in the district, police said, adding that the bus was en route to Gadiara town from Howrah. The bus collided head-on with the trailer which veered to the right side on the arterial road in Uluberia area at around 6.15 pm, they said.
While 14 bodies were recovered from the bus, which was reduced to a mangled frame of steel and wood under the impact, at least 50 others were rescued and rushed to Uluberia sub-divisional hospital and Bagnan rural hospital. Some of them were in serious condition, doctors said. Photo : PTI

Tripura adopts new strategy for forest conservation
Agartala, 13 December : The Tripura government has adopted a new strategy for protection of forest land, besides promoting settled agriculture among the tribal communities.
Addressing convocation in Tripura Forest School here today, state Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury said about 1.5 lakh hectares of forest land had already been distributed among about 84,000 forest dwellers under Forest Rights Act and it was duty of the foresters to protect the core zone. ''Forest officials are not only responsible for maintaining the office documents, but also accountable for take care of the demarcated forest land,'' Choudhury said, adding the state government had initiated several projects for economic rehabilitation of the tribal people.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi ends eventful tenure as WB Governor
Kolkata, 13 December : Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopal Krishna Gandhi Sunday bade adieu as West Bengal governor by hosting the state's creme de al creme to tea after occupying the Raj Bhavan for five momentous years.
The 64-year-old former IAS officer and diplomat, who took over as governor 14 December, 2004, found his tenure coinciding with the most volatile period the state has seen in three decades - peasant unrest fuelled by the opposition parties in Singur and Nandigram as well as largescale political clashes.
Darjeeling prepares 96-hour shutdown from Monday
Spl arrangement for tourists, no blockade on NH-31A : GJM
Siliguri, 13 December : Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Sunday said it would make special arrangements for tourists and allow Sikkim-bound people uninterrupted passage through the NH-31A, as it prepares for the 96-hour shutdown in Darjeeling from tomorrow.
Benoy Tamang, Press Secretary of the GJM, told newsmen in Darjeeling that two special buses would take tourists to Pintal village, near here, from Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong and back during the four days.
The GJM, which is spearheading the renewed agitation for a separate state after the Centre conceded to the Telengana demand, would set up special tourist assistance cells in all the four places. All essential services would also be kept out of the purview of the bandh.
150 shops and houses torched in Howrah by 2groups
Howrah, 13 December : Nearly 150 shops and houses were today torched by two groups belonging to different communities in a mixed locality at Manikpir of Howrah district.
The two groups, initially, clashed over a local dispute and then set ablaze the buildings, police said, adding twelve persons were arrested. Police, however, declined to name the communities involved in the violence. Seven fire engines took two hours to control the fire. Rapid Rapid Action Force (RAF) was patrolling the area where the district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC.
5 die in Mymensingh road crash on Sunday afternoon
UNB, Mymensingh, 13 December : At least five people were killed and seven others injured as a bus and pickup van collided at Trishal upazila on Sunday afternoon.
Mymensingh additional superintendent of police A S M Akhteruzzaman told UNB that the crash occurred at around 12:30pm(BDST) when the Jamalpur-bound bus collided with the Dhaka-bound pickup van at Jamtali. All the dead were passengers of the van, he said. The injured were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, the ASP added.
3 National Liberation Front of Tripura insurgents surrender
Agartala, 13 December : Three insurgents of outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have surrendered to Assam Rifles, in two separate occasions in Longterai valley sub-division of Dhalai district, police today said.
Two ultras have surrendered at Manikpur village and deposited one revolver, one hand grenade and many live cartridges and one magazine yesterday. They were identified as Subhash Tripura and Romsrai Reang. One more insurgent, identified as Piyajoy Tripura surrendered to Assam Rifles at Dronakumarpara on the same day. He did not deposit any arm or ammunition.
Andaman finds jute bags as alternative to polythene
Port Blair, 13 December : After blanket ban on use of polythene carrybags in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the inhabitants have found jute as suitable alternative to polythene bags.
Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration Vivek Rae has urged the Andaman and Nicobar Consultancy Centre (ANCON) to tie up with National Centre for Jute Diversification (NCJD) to see the possibilities of opening up of jute raw material bank in these islands for the benefit of the entrepreneurs involved in the making of jute products. Addressing the gathering during an interactive meeting on low cost jute bags at Port Blair yesterday, the Chief Secretary, while describing jute as wonder product, said these islands need it due to its bio-degradable quality.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have already imposed a ban on use of polythene bags in these ecologically sensitive islands and users of polythene are being fined presently in Port Blair and other regions.

Maoists shoot dead CPI(M) activist at Dharampur in Lalgarh
Midnapore, 13 December : Suspected Maoists shot dead a CPI(M) activist in Lalgarh region Sunday, police said. West Midnapore district police sources said the body of CPI(M) worker Dinabandhu Soren was found in a forest in Dharampur in Lalgarh in the morning.
Soren, a resident of Kadamdiha village, was abducted from his house Saturday night by gun toting rebels, who appear to be deeply entrenched in the region.
Wild elephants damage tea garden in Dooars region
ANI, Siliguri, 13 December : A herd of 20 wild elephants damaged a tea garden in the Dooars region here on Saturday.
The jumbos were first sighted by tealeaf pluckers on Saturday morning. “The elephants came in from the nearby forest. They were roaming around in the tea garden and also uprooted plants. They were chased from the other side as they came in here,” said Niranjan Roy, a resident.

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