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SSKM chief briefs Writers’ on mayor

Chief secretary S.N. Roy on Thursday summoned surgeon superintendent of SSKM Hospital, D.D. Chattopadhyay, and sought from him in writing the details of the incident on Tuesday when mayor Subrata Mukherjee charged him with “misbehaviour”. Sources at Writers’ Buildings said Chattopadhyay briefed the chief secretary on what happened after the mayor “stormed” into his room over a “delay” in admitting a patient to the hospital. “My fault was that I was taken by surprise and forgot to ask him to take a seat,” Chattopadhyay reportedly told the chief secretary, adding, that he had already apologised to the mayor for that. Minister of state for health Pratyush Mukherjee said he had asked the mayor to bury the hatchet as the SSKM surgeon superintendent had already apologised. The mayor on Tuesday had ordered that the waste in the hospital should not be removed by the Calcutta Municipal Corporation’s conservancy department. But he withdrew his order on Wednesday, following chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s intervention.

Tannery shift deadline ends

The Supreme Court deadline of October 31 to shift the 538 tanneries from the city to the 1,100-acre Calcutta Leather Complex at Bantala ended on Thursday. The state government-appointed build-operate-transfer (BOT) promoter M.L. Dalmia and Company has failed to provide infrastructural amenities at the leather complex. An industry department spokesperson said at Writers’ Buildings that the expiry of the deadline did not mean that the tanneries in operation at Tangra, Tiljala and Topsia will be closed from Friday. Earlier, the Supreme Court had ordered that the BOT promoter would have to complete work by October 31. The industries department officer said the case is expected to come up for hearing in the Supreme Court in November. “We will present a status report and wait for the verdict,” he added.

Donation fraud

Two persons, identified as Gopaldev Banerjee and Kashinath Mukherjee, were arrested on Thursday for collecting donations from a private company in the Jorasanko area by showing a fake donation book of Ramakrishna Mission, police said.

Hygiene awareness

The state government on Thursday announced the launch of a hygiene awareness campaign in areas affected by gastro-enteritis after the Pujas. Director of health services Prabhakar Chatterjee said the campaign will be launched in Howrah, Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas, Harishchandrapur and Chanchol in Malda and Bhagabangola in Murshidabad. Trained health workers will ask people not to eat stale food and cut fruits and to wash their hands before meals. Chatterjee said a few cases of cholera were reported from these areas.

Fake passports

A passport racket was busted in the airport area on Thursday. Police said four persons were arrested after some fake passports were found in their possession.

Goon arrested

A criminal, Langra Guddu, was arrested in Entally in east Calcutta on Thursday. Police said Guddu was wanted in a number of cases, including a recent shoot-out in the area when he fired a few rounds from a revolver.

Freight load up

South Eastern Railway in the period April -September 2002 has loaded 94.85 million tonnes of revenue-earning freight which is 6.64 million tonnes more than the corresponding freight of the previous year. This meant an increase of 7.53 per cent.

Aussie workshop

Asia Link, an Australian government agency that aims to promote cultural relations with India, will organise a Visiting Writers’ Programme in the city during the Calcutta Book Fair 2003, Australian Literature Study Centre (ALSC) director Debnarayan Bandyopadhyay said on Thursday. Eminent Australian writers like Peter Carey and Kim Scott, an aboriginal exponent, will attend the programme and interact with local writers at workshops.

Thumbs Up

O indian mime theatre for being selected to participate in the 4th Shanghai International Arts Festival
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