Bista eyes separate division for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling Member of Parliament Raju Bista will be making the demand that the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) be converted into a separate railway zone or division.At present, it is under the North Eastern Frontier Railways. On Tuesday, the MP visited the railway station in Darjeeling and spoke to the officials and employees. “The DHR is a world heritage. It is an integral part of the lives of the people of this region. It is a part of the daily life of people through which the train passes. It carries the rich history and legacy of this place. We have to be more focused on the DHR,” stated the BJP MP. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTalking to media persons in Siliguri, Bista stated that as soon as he returns to Delhi he will take up the issue of creating separate DHR division or zone. “This will give more focus to the DHR. People from all over the world visit Darjeeling to see and ride the DHR. We have to overhaul it and improvise on it,” stated Bista. In Kurseong, the MP was apprised of the Railway printing press that has been shut down as manual tickets are no longer printed. “However the local residents have approached me with the proposal that this age old printing press should be converted into a museum. I will take it up with the Railways,” assured Bista. In 1879, work first started on the DHR, then called the Darejeeling Steam Tramways. DHR was inscribed as the a world heritage site on December 2, 1999.last_img read more

Montrealer charged in suspected compassion killing to be released on bail

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing was granted bail Friday.Michel Cadotte, who is in his mid-50s, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility.He told reporters moments after his release from detention he wanted “to move on to the next step. I am tired. I am drained.”Cadotte must abide by several conditions, which include living with his sister, taking prescription drugs, getting psychological support and paying a $10,000 guarantee.On the day of his wife’s death, Cadotte wrote on Facebook he had consented to a request for assisted death, had “cracked” and was waiting for police.Elfriede-Andree Duclervil has suggested her client’s alleged actions were driven by empathy and compassion.She says Cadotte has received support from his family as well as the victim’s and that her client does not represent a risk to society.Duclervil said on Friday “the public would have been shocked if Cadotte was not released on bail.”She added that her client’s case was a perfect opportunity for society to discuss a difficult subject.“Our client is an occasion to debate something that is extremely difficult in society right now,” Duclervil said.“His situation is personal. He was someone who was physically and emotionally at the breaking point. No one condones what happened to Mrs. Lizotte. Unfortunately, Michel Cadotte was almost the only one there for her day in and day out.“At one point, as he said in his testimony, he cracked.”last_img read more