Daily Archives: July 16, 2012
FROM TIMES OF INDIA
DARJEELING: Incessant rainfall led to landslides on Saturday night at several places along the Pankahabri and Rohini roads in Kurseong subdivision, disrupting traffic to the Hills from the plains. A total of four landslides occurred along Pankhabari road since Sunday morning, said sources from the district administration. last night caused landslide at several places along the Pankhabari and Rohini roads in Kurseong sub-division disrupting traffic to the hills from the plains.
According to the district administration, four landslides occurred along the Pankhabari road early in the morning. Another landslide on the Rohini route forced the administration to divert traffic to the Hills via Tindharia and Mirik.
The district administration swung into action and managed to clear the Rohini road which after repair was opened to vehicles, earlier this month. All the vehicles coming from Siliguri to Kurseong were allowed to take the Rohini route but those going to Darjeeling were made to detour via Mirik which is a longer.
Restoration work has been going on in full swing and the administration has managed to clear Rohini road which was under repair and had open to traffic only earlier this month. Though vehicles coming to Kurseong from Siliguri were allowed to take the Rohini route, those headed to Darjeeling were diverted via Mirik and Tindharia.
FROM TIMES OF INDIA
BANGALORE: Ace Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri, who recently signed a deal to move to Sporting Clube de Lisbon for the next season, arrived in Portugal early on Thursday morning. The Indian striker will turn out for the Portuguese giants’ B team on a one-year stint.
Sporting has been home to some of the top footballers in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani. “I feel like a 14-year-old,” the 27-year-old Chhetri had said when the deal was done. Chhetri is only the third Indian to play abroad after Mohammed Abdul Salim (Celtic FC in 1937) and Baichung Bhutia who was with Bury FC for three years.
But Sporting is not the first foreign club Chhetri will represent. The India international had earlier turned out for American club Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer but the move was not a successful one. He had also undergone trials for English club Queens Park Rangers and Coventry City.
FROM SIKKIM REPORTER
Gangtok: Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling during the State level celebration of 198th birth anniversary of Bhanu Jayanti on 13 July announced that he would now start visiting different schools in the State and interact with the students.
“I will visit schools and interact with the students of all the schools in Sikkim shortly, as the students play a very important role in society building,” Mr. Chamling said while addressing a function at newly inaugurated Manan Kendra here.
He said among the many works done in the past 18 years of Sikkim Democratic Front government, high priority has been given to education. “Education makes people open minded and rational thinkers and we should adopt good things from the Western culture and say no to other things which sends negative impact to our society,” the Chief Minister said adding that more works needed to be done in the field of education in Sikkim.
Talking on the theme of the day’s celebrations, he reminded the contributions of Adikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya in unifying the Nepali communities and added that no literary figures have given the contribution in unifying the Nepali speaking communities through their writings as Bhanu Bhakta has done. He said we need to draw an inspiration from Adikavi’s motivating life.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Kalchini, July 15: The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad today held a rally here to convince the Dooars and Terai people to embrace the Fifth Schedule instead of demanding Sixth Schedule status, for which the outfit had been clamouring for several years.
After the declaration of the GTA elections, this is the first time that Parishad leaders, including its state chief Birsa Tirkey, held a meeting in Kalchini.
On December 20, 2011, Tirkey came here to attend a meeting of the Parishad where a group of 30-odd supporters of the breakaway John Barla group stopped the meeting.
That Tirkey could hold a meeting here without any opposition indicates the dwindling support for Barla who had joined hands with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
Tirkey, who met governor M.K. Narayanan earlier this month, said: “The governor of West Bengal has already notified the Fifth Schedule on March 14, 2012…. Under it, there will be a tribal advisory council. Fifteen ST MLAs and four nominated persons will be in the council. This council will decide in which area what kind of development work is required.”
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Gangtok, July 15: Three persons were injured and 30 houses damaged in multiple landslides across West Sikkim this morning.
At Soreng, three members of a family were injured and their house was damaged in a landslide that occurred around 6.30am. The injured were, Pabitra Subba, 35, her sister Deepika, 18, and son Aditya, 10. Pabitra and Deepika have suffered have been been referred to Gangtok hospital.
The first mudslide occurred around 4.30am at Labing Gerathang, 10km from Tashiding. “Sixteen houses have been partially damaged in the landslide. As a precautionary measure, 26 families have been shifted to a nearby ICDS centre and schools,” district collectorate (West) Shanta Pradhan said over phone.
Three houses were damaged at Khechoepalri when boulders hit the structures.
“Four families in Arithang whose houses are near Tashiding river have been shifted to a nearby school as the river has swollen up,” said Pradhan.
He added that almost 30 houses have been damaged in mudslides across the district.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
The areas worst affected are the blocks of Banarhat, Dhupguri, Nagrakata and Jalpaiguri Sadar where over 700 homes are under water. According to sources in the flood control room here, the rainfall measured between 8.30pm yesterday and 8.30am today showed that Nagrakata had received 182mm, Banarhat 220mm and Jalpaiguri town 29mm and Gajoldoba 288mm.
Sources in the meteorological office in Jalpaiguri said more heavy rainfall is forecast in the next 24 hours.
In Jalpaiguri, the Teesta flooded low-lying areas in Jalpaiguri Sadar and Rajganj blocks, irrigation department sources said.