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Court rap for civic body over waste

lCalcutta High Court on Friday instructed the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) to initiate legal action against the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) which was making “no effort to disinfect the clinical waste discharged by hospitals and nursing homes in Howrah”. Ganatantrik Nagarik Samity, Howrah, has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the high court, alleging that the HMC was “inactive” in forcing the hospitals and nursing homes to disinfect the waste before discharging it in the Hooghly. The WBPCB on Friday placed a report before the high court and admitted that the Corporation was not initiating measures against the errant medical units.

Bypass blocked after accident

Traffic on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass was disrupted for about an hour on Friday afternoon after a youth was run over by an unidentified vehicle near Baishnabghata-Patuli. The youth died on the spot. The driver of the killer vehicle fled the spot after the incident. Agitated over the killing, local residents blocked the Bypass near Patuli till 4 pm. The blockade was lifted after senior officers of the South 24-Parganas police intervened.

Airport round-up

The airport police on Friday arrested a passenger, Sambhunath Sau, from the international terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport for attempting to smuggle in four bottles of imported whisky. Police said Sau had entered the international terminal by purchasing a visitor’s ticket and was trying to come out with the bottles when he was stopped by the CISF jawans. Police said Sau had probably received the bottles from a passenger who reached the airport on Friday morning. Earlier in the day, security officials found two unclaimed bags lying outside the domestic terminal. The bomb detection squad of the police reached the spot but found nothing in the bags.

Bag with gold

The city police will reward Syed Alauddin, a Class IX student of Central Model School, who found a bag on Friday morning on his way to school and submitted it to the headmaster. The school authorities found gold ornaments in the bag and informed the police.

Gas leak scare

There was tension on Amherst Street on Friday morning following a leak in an underground gas pipeline in a shop opposite Lady Dufferin Hospital. Residents called up the Greater Calcutta Gas Supply office, from where officials arrived and plugged the leak.

Mass wedding

Relations, a city-based NGO, is organising Pratham Dekha, a mass-marriage ceremony, on December 22 at a city hotel. Several prospective bridegrooms and brides along with their parents will be present at the ceremony to choose partners on the spot.

Anniversary

Arabinda Basu from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, will deliver a lecture at Aurobindo Bhavan on Saturday on the occasion of the Mother’s 125th birth anniversary.

Thumbs Up

O mother dairy for completing 25 years of service to village milk producers and consumers
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