Weather takes a toll on crops across state

first_imgKolkata: Fluctuating temperature and a sustained level of humidity have made their impact felt on the production of various crops in the districts, giving anxious hours to farmers.As monsoon has set in a little late in comparison to previous years, a growing level of humidity has damaged crops in the districts. The fluctuating weather has destroyed onions in various districts. A huge amount of onions are produced in North 24-Parganas, which is among the list of worst-hit districts. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAs monsoon did not arrive on time, it already had an impact on the farmers producing various crops. Even after the arrival of monsoon in South Bengal, the record of overall rainfall in various districts remains significantly low, further complicating the situation. The farmers from the districts of North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and East Burdwan have complained about low production of various vegetables, due to the absence of adequate rains and the high level of temperature and humidity. As a result of this, the price of various essential vegetables is going up. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore said that South Bengal districts will witness scattered rainfall in the next 48 hours, while North Bengal will receive heavy rainfall. The scattered rainfall in South Bengal will not able to remove the discomfort level. Monsoon has already entered South Bengal on Friday, bringing rainfall in various parts. A light rain lashed the city and some other districts of South Bengal on Sunday afternoon. Some parts of South Bengal remained cloudy throughout the day. The humidity level may continue to remain on the higher side in the next couple of days, until it starts raining heavily.last_img read more

Duo freed of Berbice carpenters murder

The two men who were accused of killing a Crabwood Creek carpenter were set free on Thursday.Magistrate Rhondel Weever upheld a no-case submission made by Attorney Mursaline Bacchus who represented the two accused; Satrohan Madray and Antonio Singh Balrup.Murder accused, Satrohan MadrayAsif Hamid, the murdered carpenter’s son, is currently incarcerated for a previous murder. He is accused of conspiracy.Saeed Hamid at Bennett Dam, D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice, had disappeared after leaving his home on April 19, 2018. Detectives arrested Madray and Balrup after allegedly receiving information that implicated them.While in custody, they reportedly confessed to bludgeoning Hamid to the head and then burning his body behind the home and temple of Madray at D’Edward village.Madray reportedly told the Police that he conspired with Asif Hamid, his close friend, to murder the vendor to prevent him from providing evidence against his son in his upcoming High Court trial.Bacchus, in his submission, stated that a prima facie case has not been made out against the two accused and they should both be discharged.“No person can be sent to trial at a Preliminary Inquiry unless a prima facie case is made out. In fact, it is the duty of a committing Magistrate to ensure that no one be sent to trial unless a case is made out.”Murder accused, Antonio Singh BalrupBacchus argued that there is no evidence that Balrup heard what Madray was saying in the video that was taken at the murder scene.He further argued that there was no confrontation between Madray and Balrup but yet, the prosecution’s case stated that Madray’s had given a statement that implicated Balrup.“Apart from all the above, which, I submit, is sufficient for the discharge of both accused, there is no evidence that the person whom the accused person are charged with murdering, died from any injuries inflicted by any of the accused or by them both,” Bacchus said.The no-case submission was up held and they were set free. The case was prosecuted by Corporal Raquel Mars.The two men, who were arrested back in April during the initial stages of the investigation, were re-arrested in June but after intense interrogation, they allegedly led investigators to the burnt remains suspected to be that of the 65-year-old man.This is the second murder the duo was accused of committing and have been freed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 inmates injured in NA Prison brawlJanuary 9, 2017In “Crime”Son remanded for burning 82-yr-old father to deathApril 19, 2017In “Court”Witness in Corentyne carpenter’s murder being sued for $20MJanuary 16, 2017In “latest news” read more