Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NASSAU, The Bahamas, July 10th 2017:The annual Cat Island Regatta will be held this year in New Bight, Cat Island, on Emancipation Weekend during the holiday of August 4-7, 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources announced, on July 6, at its offices. Parliamentary Secretary Carlton Bowleg, Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton, and the Regatta Desk’s Cindy Gay presented a cheque for $45,000 to the Cat Island Regatta Association Chairman, Pat Strachan.“The Cat Island Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in The Bahamas. Therefore, I would like to encourage all Bahamians to support this event generously this year as they celebrate the contribution of Ezekiel “Zeke” Taylor, one of the outstanding leaders who is at the helm steering the Cat Island Regatta to the major event we see today,” said Mr Bowleg.“This year’s regatta will feature A, B, and C class Sailing sloops and some of the best entertainers in the country. I’m advised the committee is anticipating a large crowd and made every effort to provide crowd pleasing events to make this year’s regatta enjoyable and memorable.”Mr. Bowleg also invited the public to join the North Andros/Berry Islands Regatta, taking place this weekend, starting July 7, 2017 at his hometown in North Andros. He added that regattas are known for generating economic stimulation to the Family Islands, so Bahamians are encouraged to support the local sloop sailing races.Story Courtesy: Gena Gibbs, Bahamas Information Services
Darjeeling: A Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) was inaugurated on Tuesday at Bengal Safari Park near Siliguri. Along with the NIC, a host of new projects were announced for the Park as well.Apart from Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman and Tourism minister Goutam Deb, North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh was also present at the inauguration event. The Bengal Safari Park is a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, located 10 km away from Siliguri. The park was inaugurated in 2017 by Banerjee. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We have plans of upgrading the amenities of the park. We are already in the process of preparing a Detailed Project Report for a toy train inside the safari park. The cost of the project will be around Rs 1 crore,” said state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman. The train will be battery-operated without rails and will have vista dome bogies. The projects at the safari park are being done jointly by the Tourism, Forest and North Bengal Development departments. A Breakpoint Watchtower is also coming up at a cost of Rs 23 lakh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Visitors who take the safari rides will have a 15 minute break at the watchtower. There will be a cafeteria inside the watchtower as well. Visitors can enjoy coffee, snacks and the scenery from the watchtower,” said state Tourism minister Goutam Deb. There are plans to release more rhinoceros inside the park. “The park can accommodate 5 rhinoceros and at present there is only one. We are talking to the PCCF (Wildlife) for the release of more rhinos here,” added Barman. There are 2 elephants in the elephant safari. The Forest minister stated that two more would be brought in. Talks are on for getting bisons as well. “First we will recruit forest guards. We have sanction for 10 guards,” added Barman. Spread across 208 acres, the park offers leopard, Asiatic black bear, tiger, herbivore and elephant safaris. The NIC will showcase the diverse flora and fauna of the region, along with 7 tribal communities residing in North Bengal through a light and sound show. “Entry to the NIC will be absolutely free. We want tourists along with students to see the rich biodiversity of this region,” added Barman.
BALURGHAT: Tension gripped Kushmandi’s Maligaon area on Saturday morning after the body of a local TMC worker was found around 5 km away from his residence by the locals. Murder is being suspected.The deceased TMC worker has been identified as Harihar Das (50), a resident of Panchhata. Police have initiated an investigation. No arrests have been made so far. Das had gone missing since Friday afternoon. As he had not returned till late in the evening, his family members initiated a search operation but in vain. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIn the morning, the locals discovered his body lying beside a pond with traces of rampant beating on the head. The stick was also found beside the body. Police rushed to the spot after being intimated and faced public demonstration as he was a popular face of the party there. Police, however, managed to recover his body after positive assurances. Later it was sent for postmortem to Balurghat district hospital. A local, named Bachchu Das, said: “I discovered the body in the morning while crossing the field. I screamed for help. The locals from adjacent areas rushed in and later we informed the police and Das’ family members. His body was lying beside a pond with deep head injury, probably from a bamboo stick, that was left next to him and had dry traces of blood.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLocals and Das’ family members demanded immediate arrests of the culprits. Local Trinamool leader and karmadhakshya of South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad, Shyamal Saha said: “Harihar Das was an active Trinamool worker and a popular face of the area. He had close association with the party workers and locals. He also had a lot of responsibilities for the upcoming polls. The locals want quick action and have also demonstrated before the police regarding the same.” A large contingent of police force has been deployed in the area to maintain the law and order situation.