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Six held for air force job exam fraud

lSix persons were arrested on Thursday on charges of posing as candidates for Indian Air Force job examinations. Central vigilance department sleuths picked up the six from Palta, in North 24-Parganas, thereby busting a racket of imposters who appear for employment examinations in place of the genuine candidates. Officials of the Noapara police station said the arrested ‘candidates’ have confessed.

Cop dies in barracks

A police constable died under mysterious circumstances in the barracks of the Third Battalion at the Alipore Bodyguard Lines. Police sources said the body of Narayan Pal, aged around 52, was found inside the bathroom of the barracks. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

Flesh trade arrests

A flesh-trade racket was busted in Diamond Harbour after conducting a day-long raid in a number of hotels in the area on Wednesday. Police sources said 35 persons, including 18 women, were arrested in this connection. Diamond Harbour sub-divisional officer Nityasunder Tribedi conducted the raid, accompanied by officer-in-charge, Diamond Harbour police station, Basudeb Das, and a large contingent.

Leader in hospital

The condition of Kumud Bhattacharya, general secretary of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, is stated to be critical. Bhattacharya underwent a bypass surgery at the BM Birla Heart Research Centre on Thursday morning. Bhattacharya suffered a heart attack on Monday and was admitted to the hospital. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee and Congress leader Somen Mitra were among those who visited the hospital.

Teachers’ salary

The Bengal Primary Teachers’ Association has demanded payment of salaries of teachers for the month of November by December 2, before Id-ul-Fitr. In a letter to primary education minister Kanti Biswas, the Association also demanded payment of Puja bonus and other dues by November 20.

Power rate protest

The All Bengal Consumers’ Association staged a demonstration in front of the New Secretariat building on Thursday. Their demands include immediate cancellation of the power rates declared by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission on the basis of wrong and fabricated accounts and immediate scrapping of the “anti-people policy” followed by the commission. They also submitted a memorandum to power minister Mrinal Banerjee.

Train services hit

Train services were disrupted on the Asansol-Dhanbad section, following a blockade at Chhota Ambala station by residents. Long distance trains, including Rajdhani Express and Mumbai-Howrah Mail (via Allahabad), were delayed.

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O world vision for celebrating Children’s Day with streetchildren, where mosquito nets, tarpaulins and clothes were distributed among 170 families
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