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UK minister visit

New Delhi, Dec. 3: British minister for international development Clare Short will arrive in Calcutta tomorrow to hold discussions with chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and senior members of his Cabinet on issues relating to development and poverty elimination.

She will visit urban development projects and educational and health projects in villages funded by the British government.

Short, who arrived here last night, met finance minister Jaswant Singh, foreign minister Yashwant Sinha and Planning Commission member N.K. Singh today to discuss bilateral ties and progress of the department for international development-funded projects.

Short will be able to review some schemes when she visits the urban development projects in Titagarh and Barrackpore. She will also travel to Joynagar to review the alternative education programme and interact with leaders of the panchayat.

Chased truck runs over 2

Two persons on a bicycle were killed this afternoon when a sugar cane-laden lorry, driven recklessly as police chased it allegedly to collect a bribe, ran over them on NH 34 in Behrampore town. The traffic policeman at Behrampore bus stand allegedly demanded the bribe, saying the truck was carrying cargo over the permissible limit.

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