TR: BJP threatens agitation on displacement of tribals

The Tripura unit of BJP today said it will resort to agitation against the state’s Left Front government if they tried to evict 12,000 tribals from the Longterai hill range to set up a firing range for the Assam Rifles. “The state government decided to evict the tribals in the name of setting up a firing range in the hills of Longterai in Dhalai district. We will launch an indefinite satyagraha movement if the government attempts to displace the tribals. Government documents in this regard are available to us,” BJP state president Sudhindra Dasgupta told reporters. Dasgupta said the tribals have been living in 32 hamlets there for more than 100 years and were given ‘patta’ (title deeds) and allotted forest lands under the Forest Rights...

KE: Elderly woman murdered, family arrested

According to Adoor police, they arrested Perladka native Kamalakshan (47), his wife Ambika (40) and their son Sharath (20) on the charge of smothering Ammalu Amma, Kamalakshan’s 68-year-old mother on Tuesday night and hanging it from the ceiling of their house to create the impression that she committed suicide.However, the relatives of the victim were suspicious about it and when the autopsy was conducted, it was established that the victim was strangled to death and then the body was hung from the ceiling. Police said Ammalu Amma was a quarry worker and she had frequent quarrel with her son and family after they sold a property in her name and bought some other properties. The elderly woman wanted the new properties to be registered in her name, which her son did not agree, which led to the...

GA: Property dispute led to man implicated for raping in-laws, child

Panaji: A 30-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly raping his 10-year-old daughter, mother-in-law and mentally-challenged sister-in-law over a period of six months was falsely implicated in a rape case over a property dispute, one of the complainants and wife of the accused said in her statement at the women police station on Tuesday.Earlier the wife and mother-in-law of the accused had forced the police to file the first information report against the accused for raping his mother-in-law, sister-in-law and his minor daughter.Police said the minor girl in her statement before the police and court has also said that her father is innocent and he never raped her. Despite the statement of the child, wife and mother-in-law of the accused, the police were forced to register the case.Police said the wife of the accused in her fresh statement stated that the entire episode to implicate her husband in a rape case was planned by her mother as she wanted to sell the bungalow of her sister in connivance with a lawyer and real estate...

WB: Rajarhat Software Development Centre Project

IT giant Infosys today expressed concern over the fate of its proposed software development centre at Rajarhat area near here as the West Bengal government is yet to send its SEZ proposal to the Centre. “We have the land at Rajarhat for which we have paid Rs 75 crore to the West Bengal government arm HIDCO. But we are not able to go forward since our SEZ is still lying with the state government here due to inaction,” an Infosys official told PTI on condition of anonymity. “What the state government would have to do is just forward our proposal to the Centre with a recommendation and nothing else. We have presence in 11 states across the country and all of them have done that,” he said. The official added that during the earlier Left Front regime here, HIDCO had given a written assurance that the then government would do the needful in this regard. “But things have changed now”, he said. The official said if Infosys is not able to set up the first centre here, the state would lose job creation opportunity for 15,000...

UP: NGT orders halt to construction activity in Noida Extension, Gurgaon

The National Green Tribunal today directed “immediate” stoppage of construction activity in specific stretch of areas in Noida Extension and Gurgaon by taking note of media reports on air pollution caused by building activities. The areas identified are 2-km stretch from NH-24 to Char Murti chowk in Noida Extension and Golf Course, Gurgaon, on either side of the road.A bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, said various newspapers have reported about the huge dust emissions, including dust components, in the air resulting from construction activity in various parts of NCR Delhi. “In these reports, buildings are being constructed along the 2-km stretch from NH-24 to Char Murti chowk in Noida Extension and Golf Course Gurgaon on either side of the road. Uncontrolled and high dust emissions are visible in the photographs. No protective measures have been taken in and around the buildings under construction. “Vide our earlier orders we had passed clear direction as to the steps the persons responsible for building the construction activity need to follow. There is fragrant violation of those directions. Besides this, construction has to be carried out in accordance with the Environment Ministry’s Environment Impact Assessment Guidance Manual for Building, Construction, Townships and Area Development Project. All these have been blatantly violated,” the bench noted. The Tribunal said that at eight construction sites in Noida Extension, no protective measures have been taken and there was absolutely no check on dust emissions and the same state of affairs prevailed in Delhi. “We direct state of Uttar Pradesh, Noida and Greater Noida authorities, HUDA, Haryana government and NCT Delhi to immediately direct stoppage...

WB: Salboni Cement Project

Sajjan Jindal’s JSW Group is going to make a fresh attempt to kick off the stalled projects at Salboni in Bengal with the proposal of a cement plant. The $11-billion group has suggested building a 2.5-million-tonne slag-based unit at an investment of Rs 500 crore after it failed to build a steel and power plant over the last decade. If everything goes according to the plan, the Mumbai-based conglomerate may start the project next year. The Salboni project was officially put on hold in December 2014. However, the new proposal would be a pale shadow of the original plan hatched by JSW in 2006 when it signed an agreement with the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee-government to invest Rs 35,000 crore in a 10-million-tonne steel and a 1,680MW power plant. The plan then had also included a cement unit to utilise the slag generated from the blast furnace of the steel plant. But now the cart will be put up before the horse as the cement plant will come up ahead of steel and power. “We want the ball rolling at Salboni. The cement project will create an atmosphere of excitement in that area,” Biswadip Gupta, a senior executive at JSW who is looking after the company’s interest in Bengal for years, said. Jindal had put the steel project on hold after a series of clampdown on iron ore mining by the Supreme Court queered the availability of the raw material in Bengal, which has no deposit of the metal. The power projects then fell through when the apex court scrapped allocations of three Bengal coal mines last year along with 200...