Transport strike in hills
Siliguri, Dec. 5: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-affiliated All Transport Joint Action Committee has called a transport strike in Kurseong and Mirik blocks tomorrow.
Norbu Lama, the president of the committee, said today they could not renew their permits and registration and fitness certificates because of the closure of the district motor vehicles office in the hills. “We had asked the authorities many times to reopen the office but nothing has been done. So, we have called a strike tomorrow,” he said. According to Lama, vehicles will not run between Siliguri and Kurseong or Mirik or Darjeeling or between the three hill towns tomorrow.
Blast kills 1
Cooch Behar: One person was killed and two suffered burns when an LPG cylinder burst in an ice cream factory on Sahebganj Road in Dinhata on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Rakesh Sahya, 29. The injured were admitted to the subdivisional hospital at Dinhata. Later they were referred to the district hospital in Cooch Behar. Police said they were verifying if the factory had a licence.
Jaigaon: Ranjit Oraon, a resident of Santalibusty near Jaigaon, died when the motorcycle he was riding rammed into a roadside tree on Saturday night. The 30-year-old was going home when the accident occurred at Santalibusty.
Jalpaiguri: The two-day Samsing Jaldhaka Orange Festival will start at Samsing, around 30km from here, on Monday. Tourists, residents and stakeholders of the tourism industry will participate in the festival.
Siliguri: The North Bengal State Transport Corporation will resume AC bus services between Calcutta and Siliguri from Monday. Sources said the buses would leave Tenzing Norgay central bus terminus here and the L-20 bus terminus at Esplanade in Calcutta at 7pm everyday. The fare has been fixed at Rs 400 per person.