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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Now security guard of slain Madan Tamang's son found dead

Siliguri, 25 August : The body of the personal security guard of the son of slain Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL) chief Madan Tamang was recovered here Wednesday, leading to allegations that he had been killed.
"Raju Tamang, 33, the private security guard of Sanjog Tamang, was recovered from his residence in Uttarayan Township area in Siliguri Wednesday," Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Devandra Prakash Singh said. Sleeping pills and some drugs were recovered from the house, he said, adding case of unnatural death case has been lodged and a probe initiated into the incident. "His body has been sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for autopsy and after getting the reports we will be able to conclude whether he was murdered or died because of in-take of dozens of sleeping pills," Singh said.
Some locals alleged that Raju was killed as he was a witness to the 21 May Madan Tamang murder, for which many have blamed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), as the ABGL chief was heading a combination of parties against it. File Photo

Medica to set up hospitals, buyout facilites, investing 150cr
Kolkata, 25 August : City-based Medica Hospitals Private Limited is on an expansion mode in Eastern India, setting up new superspeciality hospitals, acquiring existing facilities by March next year and pumping in a total of Rs 150 crore. Medica Hospitals, which already has one 250-bed superspeciality hospital, one ENT hospital in Kolkata and one 150-bed general hospital in Siliguri, will build new facilities with 200 beds each in Asansol and Shillong.
The capacity of superspeciality hospital in Kolkata will also be expanded by another 250 beds by March, 2011. Medica is also buying out two hospitals, one each in Berhampur and Guwahati.
Elephant found dead at Sonakhali forest in Jalpaiguri dist
Jalpaiguri, 25 August : An elephant was found dead at the Sonakhali forest in Jalpaiguri district, Forest department officials said today.
The full grown elephant probably died last night and was found this morning by the forest personnel, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Jalpaiguri, Kalyan Das said. The carcass of the animal was sent for postmortem to ascertain the cause of his death, the DFO added.

Mizoram govt ready to take back Bru refugees from Tripura
PTI, Aizawl, 25 August : The Mizoram government was ready to take back Bru refugees from the six relief camps in North Tripura district before October this year as desired by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.
"The ball is in the court of the refugees," chief secretary Van Hela Pachuau told PTI here today. Pachuau said the state government was making arrangements for the repatriation process, including identification of settlements for the refugees once they were repatriated.
5 killed in road accident near Vidyasagar Setu's toll plaza
Howrah, 25 August : Five people were killed and three others were injured in a road accident in Howrah Tuesday night, police said.
'As per preliminary information, five people were killed when a trailer mounted a Tata Sumo. Three people are injured and they have been hospitalised,' Joint Commissioner of Police Javed Shamim told Bengal Newz. The accident happened on the second Hooogly Bridge (Vidyasagar Setu)'s toll plaza when the trailer, moving at high speed, rammed into the car from the rear.
G Apang has chest pain, hospitalised; doctors advise rest
PTI, Itanagar, 25 August : Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, arrested for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore PDS scam, complained of chest pain and was admitted to a hospital here last night.
"Apang is suffering from high hypertension besides acute chest pain and headache," said Dr Talar Motu, a medicine specialist at the Rama Krishna Mission Hospital attending on the Congress leader.

Safety issue should discussed before marketting GM crops
Agartala, 25 August : The debate on genetically modified (GM) crops was yet to reach a specific conclusion and safety issues should be discussed before marketting them.
"We should put sentiment aside in case of marketing or use of genetically modified crops. It should always be guided by the observations of science," Director of the International Food & Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA, Dr. Kwadwo Asenso Okyere told reporters here. "The debate is not full about the Bt brinjal and safety issues should be discussed. We are not aware about the type of danger involved for consumers of Bt brinjal. Let us get the evidence first then a decision can be taken on its consumption," Okyere said.
Later giving the key note address at a three-day International Seminar on Agriculture Education and Knowledge Management, he said, China did better in managing hunger and poverty then India because its growth came from agriculture and India's growth was mainly from industry sectors.
Stating that the difference between the rich and poor in India was much more than China, he said, backward and developing countries were facing major challenge in providing food security to the people. Photo : Parthajit Dutta