BRIEFS 02-02-2004

Piped water promise Stir threat CD haul Gambler held Archery meet

By The Telegraph Online in Siliguri
  • Published 1.02.04

Piped water promise

Siliguri, Feb. 1: State public health engineering minister Goutam Deb today said residents of the 16 added wards under the Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be brought under the civic body’s purified piped-water scheme.

Talking to reporters, Deb said around Rs 25 crore would be needed for the project which is awaiting administrative approval. At present, the SMC provides treated drinking water to around 5,000 households in Siliguri under its piped-water supply scheme. Under the new scheme, the civic body would be able to supply 12.5 metric gallon of water each day to the people, sources said.

Stir threat

Siliguri: The CPI-ML (Liberation)-affiliated Terai Sangrami Cha-Sramik Union has threatened to intensify its agitation if the management of the closed Sachindra Chandra Tea Estate in Kharibari does not pay immediate heed to the workers’ collective demands. The management had closed the garden last Friday, for an indefinite period, citing low productivity.

CD haul

Siliguri: Two people were arrested and around 200 pornographic CDs seized from a grocery shop on Station Feeder Road on Sunday morning. Acting on a tip-off, police raided the shop and arrested the duo. “We are trying to ascertain whether the two have any Nepal links,” said Siliguri additional superintendent of police R. Rajasekaran.

Gambler held

Siliguri: One person was arrested in connection with gambling near a market complex on Saturday night. Police said the man was a member of the banned single-digit lottery gang. Board money worth Rs 600 was also recovered from his possession. Siliguri police have put up special pickets in the town, especially around markets, to check organised gambling.

Archery meet

Jaigaon : The finals of the 13th Sir Ugyen Wangchuk Memorial Compound-Bow Archery Tournament, named after Bhutan’s first king, will be held on February 17 and 18 at Phuentsholing. The archery meet has been organised by Phuentsholing Sports Association. Seventeen teams are participating in the meet which was inaugurated on January 17.