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Two killed in lightning

Malda/Jalpaiguri, April 4: Two persons were killed when they were struck by lightning and several huts were damaged in a thunderstorm that hit several places in Malda and Jalpaiguri districts today.

Sushil Sarkar, 43, a resident of Ishwarganj in Old Malda, died this morning when lightning struck him while he was working on a paddy field.

In another incident, Kusum Ghosh, a 46-year-old housewife, was killed when lightening struck her in front of her house at Adina near Gajol. Rajesh Sinha, the district magistrate of Malda, said several huts and trees were damaged in the storm across the district this afternoon. Traffic on NH31D between Jalpaiguri and Mainaguri was also affected when trees fell on the highway during the thunderstorm. Few huts in Talma and Berubari on the outskirts of Jalpaiguri were also damaged in the heavy winds.


Principal dies

Darjeeling: Mother Damien, a well-known academician from the Darjeeling hills, died at Loreto Hall, St Stephen’s Green, in Dublin on Monday. She was 91. Mother Damien had served as the principal of Loreto College, Darjeeling, for 38 years before moving to Ireland. A mass for the repose of her soul will be held at the cathedral of Loreto Convent here on April 7.


Track death

Siliguri: Jaglal Rajak, a resident of Ambikanagar in Fulbari-I panchayat, was killed after a train hit him on Monday morning. GRP officials at NJP said the 40-year-old man was crossing the railway tracks when the train went over him.


Trader held

Jaigaon: Md Hafiz, a resident of Dhupguri, was arrested near Torsa Tea Estate on Monday and Bhutanese currency worth Rs 3 lakh was recovered from him. Hafiz said he was a trader and he had got the money from his clients in Bhutan.


Veteran rally

Siliguri: An ex-servicemen’s rally was held at the military station in Sevoke on Saturday. A medical camp was also organised at the venue for the war veterans.

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