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Key suspect in Khadim case held

lSaidul Mallick was arrested on Monday at Haroa, in North 24-Parganas. He is the prime suspect in the murder of Rafique Ahmed Khan, state witness in the case of the of Khadim’s vice-chairman Parthapartim Roy Burman. Acting on a tip-off, police picked up Mullick from Dhamadama. Rafique was murdered on July 17 at Pukuria, in Haroa.

More students move court

Justice B. Ghosh of Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education to furnish the answer scripts of two more candidates, who approached the court, in four weeks’ time. The total number of cases against the Council and the Board of Secondary Education has reached 100 this year, high court sources said.

Leprosy cure

The state health department entrusted Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) with carrying out its national leprosy eradication programme in the city. According to member, mayor-in-council, health, Javed Ahmed Khan, an MoU will be signed by principal secretary, health, Asim Barman and municipal commissioner Debasis Som at the Town Hall on Wednesday. There are 2,400 leprosy patients in the city. CMC will open 141 leprosy clinics in that many wards, and 52 such clinics have already started functioning. The project aims at bringing down the total number of leprosy patients in the city to under 500.

Film festival

A week-long children’s film festival, starting on September 3, has been arranged by Bal Chitra Samity, India, and information and cultural affairs department, South 24-Parganas. The festival will be inaugurated by Sunderbans development minister Kanti Ganguly at Rabindra Bhavan in Diamond Harbour. District magistrate Alapan Bandyopadhyay said 19 films will be screened in all five sub-divisions of the district.

Bosepukur order

The Bosepukur Sitala Mandir Puja committee on Monday was granted “verbal permission” by the police to hold the puja on the same spot on the Rashbehari connector in Kasba. The organisers will have to abide by two clauses. The gates will have to be at least 20 feet wide and there can be no obstructions on the pavement near the pandal. Work will start on Tuesday, a committee member said. The decision to allow the puja on last year’s spot was taken after a meeting in the chief minister’s room on Monday.

Governor on leave

Governor of Orissa M.M.Rajendran will hold additional charge of the Governor of West Bengal from Tuesday, as Governor Viren J. Shah has left for Kerala for treatment. Rajendran will take oath on Tuesday at 5 pm. Shah will return on September 26.

Youth injured

A 21-year-old student Ujwal Das was seriously injured when he was hit by a lorry on Monday noon. The driver fled with the vehicle after the accident.

Rights team visit

A three-member team, led by Justice J.S. Verma, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, will arrive in Calcutta on Tuesday on a two-day visit. He will meet representatives from city-based NGOs on Tuesday to discuss their activities. On Wednesday, Verma will meet chief secretary S.N.Roy, other departmental secretaries and state human rights commission chairman Justice Mukul Gopal Mukherjee.

Development meet

A seminar on industrial development with special focus on the Barrackpore-Barasat zone will be held at Nazrul Manch, Kamarhati, on Tuesday. Ministers Nirupam Sen and Asim Dasgupta will attend.

Thumbs Up

O eastern railway women’s welfare organisation for donating Rs 50,000 to various social organisations at its annual programme on Monday
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