Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Bahundangi 35km from Siliguri near India-Nepal border to host Asian Rural Tourism Festival

The Asian Rural Tourism Festival organised to promote rural tourism activities across the India-Nepal border will be held at Bahundangi in Nepal from March 3 to 9.

Arjun Karki, the president of the organising committee of the fest, said: "We have been hosting the fest since 2012. The idea is to promote an integrated tourism circuit comprising the bordering areas of Nepal and India."

Bahundangi is a small hamlet in Nepal and is about 35km from Siliguri.

Rabi Nepal, the vice-president of the committee, said: "The local people here have developed seven homestays and a resort. Our main objective is to highlight the agricultural activities, orange orchards and bee-keeping in the fest. Also, for tourists visiting the area, there is always an option to learn these practices."

Raj Basu, the convener of the Association for Conservation and Tourism, who is coordinating the fest, said: "Tourists are attracted to rural places these days. They want to stay close to the nature. Such an initiative will encourage tourism activities in the region."

Telegraph

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Madhyamik Examinee Commits Suicide

A Madhyamik examination candidate committed suicide on Monday at Howrah’s Dasnagar. His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan at his residence at Dasnagar’s P Road.

Police learnt that Raj Rakshit (15), a local school student was a bright student and his suicide, just before the start of the Madhyamik examinations, surprised the investigating officers. The investigators suspected that Raj’s preparation for the examination might not have been sufficient which could have lead to the suicide.

However, the family members of Raj were also shocked. They could not find any reason behind this incident. “He used to tell me that the preparation was not up to the mark. He was looking frustrated. We tried our best to encourage him,” said bereaved mother Dipali Rakshit. “His name appeared in the first list of the test examination. But he was not happy with his performance. We tried a lot to encourage him. But we did not imagine that he would take this ultimate step,” said Dipali.

Police took Raj’s body for post-mortem. The investigators learnt that the boy was sleeping in his room. Later, the family members saw his body was hanging from the ceiling fan. It may be mentioned that in January this year, a Class XII student committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of a room in his house at Paschim Putiari after failing to tolerate “mental torture” allegedly by one his school’s teacher as he had not taken private tuition from him. The victim Samprit Banerjee had given a Facebook post saying “Good Bye…” before committing suicide.

A senior police officer said that they are looking into the allegation brought against the teacher by the victim’s family members and friends. At the same time they have also received information that the boy was also being scolded by his parents for failing to perform well in the final examination of Class XI.

Your Day Today - February 22, 2017

Daily Horoscope ( Feb 22 2017 )

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
A complex creative project could require some in-depth research today, Aries, and you could spend much of the day online or in the library. This is probably a subject you love, so you won’t mind the time you put in. The inspiration that comes your way could well last for a while. You might be able to treat this project as a business enterprise and give it more substance.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Financial growth adds to a growing sense of self-worth, Taurus, especially since your current situation should continue. You may have a vivid, emotional dream. Perhaps it involves a long-term love interest, and your relationship is fast approaching the do-or-die stage. The meaning of the symbols should be fairly clear. What do they mean to you and how can you apply them to your situation?

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Romance blossoms for you today, Gemini, and commitment or marriage may be just over the horizon. You and your beloved may have recently reached a new understanding that has bonded you more tightly. Don’t feel silly if you spend the day together walking around in a romantic haze. That’s perfectly acceptable – it’s part of the joy of love, and it could well last for a while. Make the most of it.

Cancer (June 21 – July 21)
Service to others might take up a large part of your day, Cancer, perhaps on an artistic level or maybe in the form of sharing psychic or healing energy. Don’t think your efforts are unappreciated. Those you’re helping may be reticent about saying anything, but your efforts aren’t lost on them. Think of it like a bank. Your friends will be there for you when you need them.

Leo (July 22 – August 23)
The words for today are “romance” and “creativity,” Leo. Romance is enhanced by passion generated by a gratifying love relationship that will probably last for a long time. This same relationship, and its emotions could give rise to artistic inspiration that can produce works of a quality that surprises even you. Don’t exhaust yourself. Know when to stop.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Has a new housemate recently moved in, Virgo? If so, you can expect this person to live with you for a while. This is good, because he or she is likely to be very loving, supportive, and able to bear his or her share of the household responsibilities. You and this person, along with any others who live with you, could become very close and possibly even friends for life.

Libra (September 22 – October 22)
A love letter or perhaps a poem or other artistic work dedicated to you could make your day, Libra. A warm feeling of being cherished and adored could stay with you throughout the day as a result. Hang on to this rosy glow when things get rocky, especially on the job. The feelings expressed in this communication will probably last for a long time, so be prepared.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
A love relationship that’s been around for a long time could be enhanced today by an increased level of sensuality, Scorpio. Intense emotion could pervade your being, making it difficult to concentrate on much else. You will probably spend the day looking forward to when you can be alone with your beloved. The passion that pervades your lovemaking now is worthy of a romance novel.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Artistic activities or those involving healing are enhanced today, Sagittarius. Whatever you try is going to be more a part of your very being than it would be at other times. Love, art, psychic or spiritual activities – all should take on a new meaning for you at this time. This condition should last for a long time. Make the most of this energy now and your skills should continue to grow.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Love takes on an idealized and fairytale aura today, Capricorn, as you and a current or potential partner spend time alone, talking or just enjoying being together. The warmth, affection, and high regard you have for each other are apparent to everyone. The nice thing about it is that these feelings are likely to last. Look forward to many such days.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
A meditation circle or other group activity devoted to spiritual pursuits could be on your agenda today, Aquarius. It’s important that you attend, as you need a little peace and quiet, as well as the support from others in the group. The affection you all feel for one another permeates the evening. Bask in it and write down any revelations that come to you.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Career and financial successes might finally come your way after months and perhaps years of striving, Pisces. The emotional support you receive from those who’ve been working with you can be very gratifying, and it’s likely to last for a long time. If you like what you’re doing, chances are you will be doing it for a while. If you’re committed to your profession, keep up the good work.

Caretaker trampled to death by a trained elephant at the Jaldapara National Park in Dooars

Commonly known as Patawala is a caretaker of an elephant.

According to forest sources, Mainak (the kunki) had gone with the patawala for grazing in the forest and while returning to pilkhana, around 12.30pm this afternoon, the jumbo suddenly became furious and trampled Asif Kharia, 23, to death.

Pilkhana is an area where the kunkis are trained.

Bhashkar JV, the divisional forest officer of Jaldapara wildlife division, said: "Mainak on his way back to pilkhana after grazing suddenly became furious. Asif was sitting on his back. He lost control and fell on the ground. As Asif fell, Mainak trampled him and he died on spot. The body had been sent for post-mortem."

Mainak used to go for grazing with Shiblal Oraon, his mahout, but today went with Asif, sources said.

Telegraph

Delhi college professor from Shillong molested by auto-driver in Gurgaon while dropping her home

An assistant professor in a Delhi college, affiliated with the Delhi University, was allegedly molested by an auto-rickshaw driver when she was travelling from Huda city centre to her residence in sector 51.

The victim, from Meghalaya, complained at the sector 51 women police station that she hired an auto-rickshaw on February 15 late evening. The driver took the auto to a secluded place and molested her. The victim could not identify the place and was unable to note down the number of the auto due to the dark and also because she was in shock.

“I got late and hired an auto-rickshaw as cabs were not available due to strike. The driver seemed fine initially but he took the auto on a secluded route claiming it to be a short cut. He parked the auto at a secluded place and pounced on me” the victim told the police.

She alleged that when she resisted the accused tore her clothes and after she started shouting, the driver left her and fled from the spot. She somehow reached the police station and lodged a complaint.

“We filed a case on the same day and are trying to identify the accused. The victim is not sure about the area where the incident took place. She is also not able to give the description of the auto driver” said inspector Kailash Devi, in-charge of women police station.

She said the police are questioning the auto drivers at Huda city centre and scanning CCTV cameras installed there to get some clues.

Members of a helpline meant for people from Northeast have demanded speedy action in the matter. They also met Robin Hibu, joint commissioner (Delhi) and nodal officer for people from Northeast, a day after the incident.

Meanwhile, Police in Gurgaon have  registered a case of molestation of a woman from Shillong, who prevented a rape attempt by the driver of an auto rickshaw in Delhi.

Following the development, the victim lodged a complaint with the police there.

The case has been registered under Section 354(b) of the IPC, which is criminal force to a woman with intent to disrobe.

Following the incident, the Joint Resident Commissioner, Sanme Marak, and DSP of Meghalaya police posted in Delhi, Suresh Rana, visited the victim and assured help. Besides, counselling was also arranged to help the victim.

When contacted, a police official from Gurgaon said investigation was still on to trace the accused.

Girls entering drug peddling business for easy money - Caught last night by Sikkim police at Rangpo

Binita Tamang, 25 Yrs,  D/o Tek Bdr Tamang, a/p Ranipool East Sikkim, was intercepted at Rangpo border check post with alleged possession of 432 capsules of Spasmoproxyvon, 120 tablets of Nitrosun 10 and two bottles of prohibited cough syrups. She was travelling in a Siliguri -GTK bound taxi vehicle bearing registration no SK 01T/3096.

Accordingly, a criminal case under relevant sections of SADA 2006 has been registered against the above named accused woman.

Monday, 20 February 2017

The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is making headlines - Know why !

The 'Dragon King' is the one who stopped playing goalie in soccer when he realised that none of the players dared to knock one past the future king of Bhutan.

THE BHUTAN KING? Yes, the reigning Druk Gyalpo, the 'Dragon King' of the Kingdom of Bhutan. 

WHAT ABOUT THE DRAGON KING? He is trending on Twitter. For all good reasons though. 

AND WHAT IS THAT? A picture of the king chopping onions and chillies to prepare a meal for the Community School in Mongar is going viral on social media. 

THE KING COOKING? Yes. All by himself. His wife, Jetsun Pema, is also known for her contributions as the UNEP Ozone ambassador and humanitarian efforts in Bhutan.

NICE. THE PERFECT COUPLE!

You bet. The Oxford-educated Himalayan king maintains the ancient tradition of 'Kidu', which includes providing educational aid to poor students, medical aid to senior citizens, state land to farmers and assisting victims of natural disasters. HE'S ONE HUMBLE KING. Yes. Also known as the 'people's king', he has travelled through Bhutan extensively, on foot and on bicycle, and stayed in the homes of the locals and cooked for them. 

HE IS DEFINITELY LEADING BY EXAMPLE HERE. Exactly. He is the one who stopped playing goalie in soccer when he realised that none of the players dared to knock one past the future king of Bhutan. He switched to basketball instead, where the game's pace and elbows tend to blur any distinction between royalty and commoners. 

WE NEED MORE OF SUCH LEADERS NOW.Yes. Humility personified. This explains why Bhutan measures prosperity by gauging its citizens' happiness levels and not the GDP. 

The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is making headlines - Know why !

The 'Dragon King' is the one who stopped playing goalie in soccer when he realised that none of the players dared to knock one past the future king of Bhutan.

THE BHUTAN KING? Yes, the reigning Druk Gyalpo, the 'Dragon King' of the Kingdom of Bhutan. 

WHAT ABOUT THE DRAGON KING? He is trending on Twitter. For all good reasons though. 

AND WHAT IS THAT? A picture of the king chopping onions and chillies to prepare a meal for the Community School in Mongaris going viral on social media


THE KING COOKING? Yes. All by himself. His wife, Jetsun Pema, is also known for her contributions as the UNEP Ozone ambassador and humanitarian efforts in Bhutan.

NICE. THE PERFECT COUPLE!

You bet. The Oxford-educated Himalayan king maintains the ancient tradition of 'Kidu', which includes providing educational aid to poor students, medical aid to senior citizens, state land to farmers and assisting victims of natural disasters. HE'S ONE HUMBLE KING. Yes. Also known as the 'people's king', he has travelled through Bhutan extensively, on foot and on bicycle, and stayed in the homes of the locals and cooked for them. 

HE IS DEFINITELY LEADING BY EXAMPLE HERE. Exactly. He is the one who stopped playing goalie in soccer when he realised that none of the players dared to knock one past the future king of Bhutan. He switched to basketball instead, where the game's pace and elbows tend to blur any distinction between royalty and commoners. 

WE NEED MORE OF SUCH LEADERS NOW.Yes. Humility personified. This explains why Bhutan measures prosperity by gauging its citizens' happiness levels and not the GDP. 

Jalpaiguri NGO Baby Selling Racket - Adoption was made a business by duo with Fake Documents

The CID probe into the alleged baby sale racket in Jalpaiguri has revealed that the NGO running the two homes indulged in forgery of documents, said sources.

The sources said Chandana Chakraborty - who heads the NGO and the homes and was arrested on Saturday - would use fake fit certificates of Central Adoption Resource Authority, the central government agency authorised to deal with adoption procedure, for the sale of infants within the country and abroad.

"We have also found that she had used fake stamps of police stations to prepare fake complaints, as if those have been filed in the police stations, to prove that the infants were abandoned. In reality, she used to get the infants from poor families and unmarried mothers from various parts of the district," the source said.

Sleuths claimed to have found documents required to prepare fake documents for illegal adoptions from Chandana's laptop. "We contacted the local panchayat, but there, no record was found in the record book of newborns' birth certificates," said a CID officer.

Sleuths today went to Ashray, the home for destitute women run by the North Bengal Peoples' Development Centre, the NGO headed by Chandana. They searched the office of the home at Debnagar in Jalpaiguri and seized several documents.

The CID came to know that Bimala Sishu Griha, the orphanage that Chandana used to run, does not figure in the updated list of homes affiliated to CARA. "Earlier, the home had CARA's affiliation. During interrogation, Chandana admitted that the home had not renewed their affiliation from CARA. The renewal is mandatory because an agency, which does not have CARA's affiliation, cannot provide children for adoption," said one of the investigators.

It was the CARA authorities who had approached the CID to carry out a probe into the activities of the orphanage.

"In many cases, the home authorities here would not provide child for adoption even if a couple had approached them through CARA, citing one excuse or other. On the other hand, they used to sell the infants at exorbitant rates among childless couples in India and abroad, using fake documents of CARA," said the investigator.

According to him, there are reports that even in genuine cases, when a childless couple were sent to the home by CARA, Chandana and her associates would demand amounts much higher than the stipulated fee of Rs 46,000.

The sleuths have come across a number of bank accounts of Chandana where alleged unaccounted transactions were made. They have also seized her ATM cards.

Investigators found Chandana's modus operandi was a calculated move to run the illegal business.

They said Chandana used to engage some doctors to organise health camps in the remote areas of Jalpaiguri district. At the camps, they would keep tab on pregnant women who are either poor or have been deserted by husbands or were unmarried.

"Later, they would bring such women to Ashray. After they deliver the child, she would shift the newborns to the other home. After some days, the woman is asked to leave with some money and the infants are sold to clients," said a source.

The CID officials are also planning to speak with some of the couples who have "bought" or adopted infants from the home. They have got details about such people, an official said.

Chandana, who has been kept at the Kotwali police station along with Sonali Mondal, the chief adoption officer of the NGO, was interrogated by another team of CID that arrived in Jalpaiguri from Calcutta today. The other team that visited the destitute women's home spoke with the employees serving there to gather more information.

The CID has also seized a letter addressed to Maneka Gandhi, the Union minister of women and child development, written by Chandana. In the letter, she had sought assistance for infrastructure development of the homes which are run by her NGO.

She had planned to hand over the letter to Juhee Chowdhury, a leader of the BJP in Mainaguri of Jalpaiguri, sources said. The investigators are in search of her as she is suspected to be involved in this infant selling racket with Chandana.

Juhee's alleged involvement in the case prompted supporters of Trinamul Chhatra Parishad to hold a demonstration in front of the Jalpaiguri district BJP office this evening.

District BJP president Dipen Pramanik, however said: "The information was passed to CID by CARA, which is a central government organisation. If there was any inaction, it was on the part of the state."

Rachna Bhagat, the district magistrate of Jalpaiguri, yesterday served a showcause notice on Shasmita Ghosh, the child protection officer of the district, asking her to reply in 48 hours if there had been a dereliction of duty on her part.

Bhagat has also instructed Sima Haldar, the Jalpaiguri subdivisional officer, to visit the home for destitute women with a medical team. "The SDO has been asked to find out the health condition of each of the boarders and explore the option of shifting them elsewhere. She has also been asked to ensure that each of the boarders get food and other basic facilities," a source in the district administration said.

Telegraph

Madhyamik Exams Begin from 22 February

Madhyamik 2017 begins on Wednesday with a new pattern of questions that devotes up to 40 per cent of the total marks in each paper to Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and short-answer-type questions.

Till last year, multiple-choice and short-answer questions (of one mark each) accounted for between five and 10 marks. "This will be the first batch of students to be tested under the new system," Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the president of the secondary education board, said on Monday.

The board had published model questions after revision of the marks-distribution pattern to help students. The decision to increase the number of MCQs and short-answer questions is aimed at encouraging students to study the entire syllabus, sources said.

The theory exams will continue till March 3. Students will write one paper each day from 11.45am to 3pm.

The first 15 minutes will be reserved for reading the question paper.

Students or their parents can call at 033 - 23213811/ 23592269/ 23213089/ 23213844 between 6am and midnight on the days of the exams for any information related to the tests or to lodge complaints. They can also call at 9433881670/ 9748102214.

Telegraph