Archive for April, 2010

Rank’s bamboo message to brass

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Youth Congress activists owing allegiance to Deepa Das Munshi today smashed a car and locked up the state Congress headquarters for an hour, apparently to send a message to the leadership that seat-sharing for the Calcutta Municipal Corporation polls must not be on Mamata Banerjee’s terms.

The demonstration took place hours after the two state Congress working presidents — Pradip Bhattacharya and Subrata Mukherjee — reached Delhi to try and work out with state party chief Pranab Mukherjee an “honourable” formula on splitting seats with ally Trinamul Congress.

Deprived of aid, denied audience

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Raiganj, April 26: Governor M.K. Narayanan’s tour of storm-struck Hemtabad today left behind a trail of fuming villagers who alleged that only a few who had received relief were allowed to interact with him.

Governor misinformed on storm

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Raiganj, April 28: The North Dinajpur district administration has been left embarrassed as the report it has handed over to the governor on the damage caused by the April 13 storm and the details of the relief given to the affected people is incomplete and contains factual errors.

UnitingWorld responds to destructive storm in India – Christian Today — Australia

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

storm in Raiganj, Kaliyaganj, uttar dinajpur
Reports from the Church of North India indicate that more than 150 people lost their lives during the storm. Thousands of homes were either damaged or demolished as a result of strong winds and heavy rain. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the devastating storm came about as a result of intensifying weather patterns in the nearby Bay of Bengal.

UnitingWorld is assisting with the relief effort by providing the Church of North India with $5000 from the Emergency Relief Contingency Fund to help provide 200 families in the Durgapur Diocese with relief materials and rehabilitation.

The Emergency Relief Contingency Fund enables UnitingWorld to respond quickly by increasing the capacity of our overseas partners without the need to launch an appeal.

Teams of volunteers are travelling to affected villages to assess the extent of the damage caused by the storm and provide relief to communities that are now isolated as a result of blocked roads from fallen trees and power lines.

At the Kaliyaganj campus of the Church of North India, located approximately 600km north of the city of Kolkata, ministers and volunteers are responding to the urgent needs of those affected from surrounding villages by providing shelter, medical care, and other life-sustaining provisions.

Eyewitness accounts from local residents recall tin roofs being ripped away from building, mud houses being demolished, and large trees being uprooted.

A team of volunteers coordinated by the church in India are inspecting the damage and carrying out relief work in the affected villages. Telecommunications and electricity services have also been severely disrupted.

Please pray for those who are still at risk, and for those who have lost homes, livelihoods, friends, and family as a result of the storm.

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Tribals decline to hand over storm victim’s body

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Raiganj (WB), Apr 14 (PTI) Tribals of Pandepur village in North Dinajpur district declined to hand over the body of Radhuni Soren, who was killed in today’s severe storm, to the police alleging that they had been harassed last year when Radhuni’s son was killed in a road accident.