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Two-fold rise in buses to Dhaka

Bangladesh high commissioner Tufail K. Haider said on Thursday that the number of buses on the Calcutta-Dhaka route would be doubled. Haider, who met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday, said a new bus service between Agartala and Dhaka would be introduced soon. Haider said the proposed train service between India and Bangladesh could not be flagged off as work on laying the tracks, on the east of Jamuna, is yet to be completed. He suggested that joint checking by customs officials be carried out at the border to reduce the time taken to complete the procedure.

Shifting charge after eviction

The government will take up the eviction of 3,500 encroachers from the banks of the Beleghata canal after December 10, said irrigation minister Amalendra Roy at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday. Urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya said the eviction would be completed by December 20. He said the government planned to rehabilitate the poorest among the encroachers in a housing complex through lottery. “We are on the lookout for a plot,” he added. Bhattacharya said the government also planned to pay them a “shifting charge”.

Fake papers

Joykumar Swarnakar was handed over to the Hare Street police for submitting fake documents to the State Administrative Tribunal. Swarnakar and four others from Murshidabad had petitioned the Tribunal alleging that they were not being given appointment letters despite being selected as health assistants two years ago. Director of health services Prabhakar Chatterjee called Swarnakar for a hearing and on examining the documents, found them to be fake.

Italian gift

The Italian government on Thursday formally handed over Roopkala Kendra, a social communication institution, to the West Bengal government. The centre for video technology has a faculty trained in Italy.

Fire minister visit

Fire services minister Pratim Chatterjee on Thursday visited Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers where a fire broke out on Tuesday night. He said a team from the state forensic science laboratory would visit the site to collect samples to determine the possible causes of the fire.

Cancer alert

National cancer awareness day was observed in the city on Thursday. Addressing a gathering at the Medical College and Hospital, Chittaranjan Maity, director, medical education, said the state health department findings have shown that dietary habits and environmental pollution were causing cancer in great numbers.

Youth drowns

Ratul Pathak, 28, drowned in the Hooghly late on Wednesday during Kali puja immersion. His body could not be retrieved.

Dry Howrah

Due to repair work in the main pipeline there will be no supply of filtered water in north Howrah from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday.

Held for robbery

The Ashoknagar police arrested Fakir Ali Mandal on Wednesday from the Guma railway station in connection with the robbery of Rs 7 lakh on September 16. The money had been looted from three milk traders of the Gaighata Milk Cooperative Centre in North 24-Parganas. The robbers had used a vehicle owned by Bergum panchayat pradhan Asim Ghosh of the CPM, who was forced to resign.

Cops hurt

Three policemen were injured at Chitpur in north Calcutta at 1.30 pm on Thursday when a police van lost control and hit a lamp post.

Polio camp

A five-day polio camp is being organised in the city by the Marwari Yuva Manch. The camp will treat around 300 polio patients from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal. A marathon five-hour operation will be conducted by 20 surgeons.

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O lions club of calcutta sanjeevani for organising a blood-group check at Kalighat Metro station where 360 people were screened
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