APTN National NewsKingcome Inlet has been flooded and uninhabitable for eleven days, and all Indian Affairs will offer is an advance on money the community would already be getting.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith tells this story.
Darjeeling: The Forest department will be lodging an FIR against the motorman of the Intercity Express train that mowed two elephants (mother and cub) in the Jalpaiguri district on Friday morning.The incident occurred at around 7:45 am in between Redbank Tea Estate and Debpara Tea Estate near Railway Pillar 875 and Banarhaat when a herd of elephants were crossing the tracks. The train runs between Siliguri Junction and Alipurduar.While the mother and the calf died on the spot, the rest of the herd moved into Dyna forest. “We have been constantly coordinating with the railways regarding elephant movement throughout the State. In the past, we have requested the railways to ensure that motormans exercise caution while driving through elephant corridors. It seems they have turned a deaf ear,” retorted Binay Krishna Burman, Forest Minister, Government of West Bengal.This year, four elephants have been mowed down by speeding trains (including these two elephants) in North Bengal.Since the conversion of the Jalpaiguri-Alipurduar railways track to broad gauge from meter gauge in 2004, 70 elephants have been killed.Ujjal Ghosh, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Northern Circle: “The area in which the elephants were mowed down is an established elephant corridor.On Thursday, we had informed the Railways of elephant movement in the area and even intimated them of the location. The elephants were mowed down 500 meters away from the area we had earmarked. Ironically, the accident happened in broad daylight. We will lodge an FIR against the engine motorman.”The railways have constituted an enquiry committee. “The committee after conducting a thorough enquiry will submit its report,” stated Chandravir Raman, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Alipurduar.He, however, stated that the motorman of the train had applied emergency brakes when the elephants appeared on the tracks suddenly.”There is speed restriction of 30 km per hour from 5 pm to 5 am. As the accident occurred after 5 am, there was no speed restriction in the region at the time of the accident,” added Raman.Forest employees complain that the train was at a high speed at the time of the incident.
Riviera 2018, the annual sports and cultural extravaganza event that attracts some of the finest young minds from all over the world commenced with a bang on February 15, at VIT in Vellore. After enthralling the audiences on its first day, the festival continued to present back to back performances, thereby highlighting the rich cultural heritage of different countries.Aikya, a commemoration of the unity in diversity that our nation is famous for and immensely proud of, was conducted on the second day of Riviera’18. Aikya was one of the vibrant displays of grace and power associated with Indian culture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event offered an important platform for the performers as well as an opportunity to spread awareness about varied cultures of Indian states. A key aspect of any culture is the clothing associated with it, and students of VIT went up and above in this regard, by dressing up in amazing vibrant colours.Another special highlight was ‘Infusion’, an International exhibit of cultures around the world, which was conducted on the third day of the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The main goal of Infusion is to motivate students from all over the world to form strong cross-culture relationships, which would help the students improve their cultural awareness on a global scale,” Said Ujjawal Surana, student organizer of Infusion.Krishna Radhakrishnan, President, Women Entrepreneur’s Welfare Association, Tamil Nadu graced the occasion as chief guest for the event.Apart from cultural performances, a workshop on Global Skills was conducted during the event. It was graced by the presence of the team from the upcoming Tamil movie Sagaa. Also, Khalbali, the street play was conducted by the students where they portrayed social problems through a creative medium. Hindi was used as the language of conversation throughout the play.The ‘Spokesperson’ event was also conducted to develop and improve the oration skills of students. What’s interesting to note is that students from around 29 countries have worked to put on a graceful display of the diverse cultures that exist around the world.