Bosepukur refutes fire-hazard tag lThe organisers of Bosepukur Sitala Mandir Durga Puja met fire services minister Pratim Chatterjee on Monday and produced a sample of chemically-treated crushed sugarcane with which they would make the pandal. General secretary of the puja committee Samir Roychowdhury claimed that the crushed sugarcane, chemically treated by a scientist, was fire-proof and sought to demonstrate that before the minister. Chatterjee, however, did not allow a demonstration and told them that fire services officials would visit the pandal for an inspection. Chatterjee said the government would not stop any puja, but if inspections revealed the pandal to be a fire hazard, the organisers could face arrest and a fine of up to Rs 3,000 a day. “The scientist who has chemically treated the crushed sugarcane will have to give us an undertaking that the material is fire-proof,” the fire services minister added.
Scholarship test forms Scholarship examinations conducted by the Primary Education Development Board, West Bengal, will be held in February 2003. Forms for the examination will be distributed from the Board office from September 23. Kartik Saha, secretary of the Board, said on Monday that the certificates of last year’s successful candidates will be handed over to the district committees from the office on September 18-19.
Congress grouse The Congress is planning to petition the Governor to take action against nine councillors for joining the Trinamul Congress “without informing the party”. Leader of Congress in the Corporation Sailen Dasgupta said the councillors had informed neither him nor the party.
Burglary probe With the arrest of two more persons on Sunday night, the city police on Monday claimed to have completed investigations into the recent dacoity in Shyam Khaitan’s apartment on Sarat Bose Road. DC, south, Kuldeep Singh said gold ornaments and valuables were recovered after the police picked up Sunil from Tiljala and Nizam from Darbhanga in Bihar.
Ghat clearance The city police have recommended the demolition of several structures near three ghats along the Hooghly which would obstruct immersion. A joint team comprising members from the police, the PWD, the CMDA, the Calcutta Port Trust and the railways went to inspect the ghats on Monday morning. Police said debris from last year’s immersion were still blocking Nimtala Ghat.
Body in bush There was tension in Baruipur after the body of an unidentified woman was found in a sack in a bush near the railway station on Monday morning. Police said the body bore multiple injury marks. Police said the woman might have been murdered somewhere else.
CPI rally The CPI will organise a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground on December 29, demanding the resignation of the BJP-led coalition in Delhi.
Thumbs Up O abhirup for organising a free eye operation camp at Netra Sevashram