Wish list for tea planters
Jaigaon, April 29: Members of the Progressive Tea Workers’ Union today submitted a memorandum with 15 demands to the managers of the tea estates in the Terai and the Dooars.
Union president Sukra Munda said the demands include revision of the daily wages of the workers to Rs 250 and conferment of land rights. Tomorrow, supporters of the PTWU, the labour wing of the Adivasi Vikas Parishad, will assemble at the tea gardens to discuss the same list of demands. Munda said the union will also write to the administration and the Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations, the apex body of tea planters in India, for their intervention.
Islampur: Three youths were arrested from Kishanganj on Friday after the father of a girl filed a complaint that she had eloped with one of them. Police said Amit Das had an affair with a girl, allegedly a minor, of College More and had eloped to Kishanganj with her three days ago. Sahid Ahmed and Vicky Kanti had accompanied them. The trio was produced at the local court and have been remanded in jail custody for 14 days. The girl has been sent back to her parents.
Jalpaiguri: A leopard that had entered Lakkhipara Tea Estate at Banarhat was trapped by the foresters of Binnaguri wildlife squad on Thursday night. The nine-year-old male leopard had been roaming in the garden for the past few weeks and had injured at least three people. The animal was released in the Gorumara National Park on Friday.
Alipurduar: Jagannath Biswas, the recipient of the first Tenzing Norgay Award in 2003, passed away at his residence here on Friday afternoon. The 87-year-old writer was known for his work on nature, environment and forests.
Siliguri: Members of the Siliguri Utkal Sanskrutik Samaj will celebrate Utkal Diwas on Saturday. A cultural fest would be held at the ISKCON temple auditorium here in the evening. Two ministers from Orissa will be present at the event.