Daily Archives: August 3, 2012
FROM TIMES OF INDIA
Ever since Manisha Koirala tied the knot with businessman Samrat Dalal in 2010, her marriage has been under the scanner.
In fact, ever since the actress had posted on a social networking site about her unhappy state of mind, reports of her turbulent relationship started making their way to the media. And now, TOI has learnt that the two-year-long marriage is finally over. “Manisha is in Mumbai and happy,” revealed a friend of the actress.
In fact, the couple took a decision to separate a couple of weeks back. “But Manisha still goes to Nepal. After all, her family lives there,” said the friend and added, “Certain marriages work out, some don’t. Manisha and Samrat have taken it in their stride.”
Reportedly, Manisha, a few months after tying the knot, had confided in her close friends about her unhappy marriage. However, she soon made peace with her husband and returned to Nepal.
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FROM INDIAN EXPRESS
The West Bengal Health Department has decided to provide Rs 1 lakh for the treatment of cancer patients belonging to the three districts of Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and South Dinajpur and whose annual family income is less than Rs 70,000. The three districts were chosen since there are no well-equipped state-run medical colleges in these districts to treat cancer patient, except the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri in Darjeeling district. Therefore to avail the benefit under the scheme, the cancer patients have to be admitted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.
The financial assistance from the programme will be borne by Union government’s National Programme for Control of Cancer, Diabetes and Stroke.
The scheme is on the lines of Union Health Ministry’s discretionary fund where cancer patients belonging to only BPL section and admitted at Regional Cancer Institutes, like Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) in Kolkata, get Rs 1 lakh for treatment.
SPORTS WATCH: Chhetri doesn’t possess the strength and skill required to make a mark in Europe – Subash Bhowmick
The outspoken manager doesn’t mince his words as he opined on Chhetri’s move to the Portuguese club…
BY RISHABH GHAI
Subhash Bhowmick, tehnical director at Churchill Brothers, has expressed his doubts as to whether Sunil Chhetri would be successful at Sporting CP’s ‘B’ side as he believes that his former protege doesn’t the essential skills and speed needed to make an impact in Europe.
“It’s a very good move, very ambitious move, but I got my doubts”, said Bhowmick to Prudent Media, a local Goan channel, regarding Sunil Chhetri’s move to Sporting Clube de Portugal ‘B’ team.
“Knowing Sunil, his football, very very difficult. I have to be practical. The strength and speed in which the European football works under, none of these Sunil possesses.”
The former Mohun Bagan coach believes that the going for Chhetri will be tough and the task to get into the second team too wouldn’t be a cakewalk.
“Get into the first team, hats off or even if he gets into the second team even, I will be very happy. Like Bhaichung Bhutia, he went to play for Bury in a second division club [in Europe]. Forget about first team, second team he was not even regular,” said Bhowmick, who has coached Bhaichung and Chhetri in his stint with the Red and Gold.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Siliguri, Aug. 2: The Trinamul Congress today expressed satisfaction with the GTA poll results as three of its candidates had got over 1,000 votes without high-voltage campaigning.
Gautam Deb, the north Bengal development minister and Darjeeling district Trinamul president, said: “We intended to participate in the GTA polls which was an important democratic exercise initiated by the state government to ensure that an elected body takes charge of the hills and kicks off development work.”
He said that after chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on July 21 that Trinamul would “withdraw” from the contest, “we refrained from political activity in the hills”. He claimed “no campaign was conducted from our side and neither was any back-up provided for any of the 17 candidates whose names remained on the ballot papers as the last date of withdrawal had passed”.
“Even then, some of our candidates managed a decent number of votes and three of them crossed 1,000. As a party, we are only one-and-half months old in the hills and the results indicate the popularity enjoyed by chief minister Mamata Banerjee,” Deb said.
Administrative sources revealed that the 17 Trinamul candidates got 7.84 per cent of the total votes, while the Morcha got 89.96 per cent.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Kalimpong, Aug. 2: Sanchabir Subba, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha rebel candidate from Gitdabling-Nimbong, lost to the party’s official contestant Kalyan Dewan by 677 votes today.
Subba got 3,418 votes against Dewan’s 4,095.
“I still consider today’s verdict to be the Morcha’s loss. It is actually the victory of the people who voted for me. There were a number of false votes in my constituency,” said Subba, the only Morcha rebel in the elections.
The rebel candidate, who hails from Barbot village in Nimbong, was on his way to Kalimpong this morning but returned midway after he heard about the result.
He later told The Telegraph over phone that had the Morcha not taken recourse to “money power and threats,” he would have emerged victorious.
Subba, who was the president of the Parbintar-Nimbong unit of the Morcha till early last month, thanked everyone who supported him and congratulated Dewan, whom he addressed as “Kalyan Sir.”
Gitdabling-Nimbong is a remote rural constituency spread across two blocks in Kalimpong subdivision.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Calcutta, Aug. 2: Mamata Banerjee today announced that the state government would pay the remaining 50 per cent of the arrears of the fifth Pay Commission’s salary revision and bonus to all employees before Durga Puja.
The chief minister also promised to clear 7 per cent of the dearness allowance due to the employees.
The cash-strapped government would have to shell out Rs 950 crore for this purpose — Rs 500 crore for arrears and Rs 450 crore for bonus. “There is a financial crisis and we are aware of the implications (of paying the bonus and the arrears). But we have to take care of our employees,” Mamata said while announcing the decision at Writers’ Buildings.
FROM SIKKIM REPORTER
Gangtok: Survival in I-League 2012-13 is main ambition of debutants Uro United Sikkim FC as the Bhaichung Bhutia co-owned club began its practise from August 1 here at Paljor Stadium for the highest professional football league and other major national engagements.
Almost 90 percent of the 40-odd squad members assembled by United Sikkim from different parts of the country sweated it out for two and half hours at the astro-turf of Paljor Stadium under the watchful eyes of chief coach Phillipe De Ridder. Among them was former Mohan Bagan striker Lalam Puia and midfielder Zenith Genius Mashangva signed from Shillong Lajong FC.
“We are waiting for our foreign players to arrive along with our major Indian signing Anwar Ali and few other players. This is our first day and we are looking forward to the season. We have a mix of young and experienced players”, said Bhaichung after the practise session.
Some of the players from Punjab, Mizoram, Manipur and West Bengal are also on trial with United Sikkim.