The Sessions Judge of Hanthawandy today found Ng. San Kaing and five others, all convicts, guilty of the offences of attempting murder of having voluntarily caused hurt to Lance Naik Ram Singh Tewari and a sepoy of the military police on the occasion of the Kyaiklat Jail rising, in the course of which a number of prisoners escaped on April 11th, 1918, when a large quantity of arms, ammunition and treasure was made away with. The six accused were sentenced each to seven years’ transportation on the first, and to two years’ rigorous imprisonment in the second charge the sentence to run concurrently. A seventh man who was tried along with them was acquitted. Mr. Omanney, Deputy Superintendent of Police, went to round up the prisoners who had escaped from the jail in Tigalon jungle where they were hiding. The five accused confessed to having resisted arrest by opening fire on the police.


The Government of Bengal have invited the views of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce on the provisions of a Bill to consolidate and amend the law relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals in Calcutta, which was introduced in the Bengal Legislative Council. The question of bringing up to date the law for the prevention of cruelty to animals, particularly in Calcutta, has been under consideration for some time, as the existing system has been inadequate to cope with the different forms of cruelty to which domestic and captured animals are often subjected. The matter has been already examined by a Committee appointed for the purpose by the Government of Bengal, and the Bill is based on their recommendations.



The recent curtailment of the exports of wheat and rice is strikingly shown in the figures published by the Department of Statistics. Between the 1st April and the 13th September, 1919, the export of wheat from India by sea to foreign countries was less than five thousand tons as against nearly half a million tons in 1918, and over one million tons in 1917. In rice the decline is even more marked. From Rangoon, rice entered for shipment between the 1st of January and the 13th of September, 1919, amounted to some 300,000 tons only, as against 1 and one fourth million tons last year.