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Threat call sparks security cover

Bikash Bhavan, one of the important administrative buildings of the state government in Salt Lake, was covered by a security blanket on Monday following a threat call. According to police, the unidentified caller said the building would be attacked on New Year’s Day. “We received a message from the Intelligence Branch saying that terrorists, belonging either to the ISI or Ulfa, may try to blow up the building on January 1,” a Salt Lake police official said. More than 200 cops, including plainclothesmen and Rapid Action Force personnel, have been deployed at Bikash Bhavan which houses the offices of five state ministers. The building was sealed after office hours. Police are planning to set up sandbags in the area on Tuesday, sources said.

Traffic flow on New Year eve

Vehicular traffic will be restricted on some major thoroughfares between 2 pm on December 31 and 2 am on January 1. Park Street and Ho Chi Minh Sarani will be one-way from west to east, while Little Russell Street will be one-way from south to north. The stretch of Park Street, from Jawaharlal Nehru Road to Camac Street, will be a no-parking zone. Movement of goods vehicles, except those bound for Posta Market from Howrah between 1 pm and 4 pm and for Calcutta Dock System, will be restricted in the city from 8 am to 12 noon on December 31 and January 1.

Run over

Nirmal Mukherjee, 49, died after a minibus knocked him down on AJC Bose Road, in front of NRS Hospital, on Monday morning. Police said the victim was crossing the road when the vehicle hit him. The driver was arrested and the bus impounded.

Drowned in pool

Sambhu Banerjee, a resident of Muraripukur Road, drowned in the Deshabandhu Park swimming pool on Monday afternoon. According to police, residents found the body of the 18-year-old floating in the swimming pool.

Cable from CalTel

Calcutta Telephones will provide cable television access from March, said BSNL chairman and managing director Prithpal Singh on Monday. Subscribers will be able to bypass their local cable operators to avail of the services and can watch all the channels beamed by cable operators. The BSNL rates would be much less than their local counterparts, Singh claimed. The telecom body will also become an Internet service provider from January. Rates have been fixed at Rs 10 per hour for Net services, said chief general manager of Calcutta Telephones S.P. Chakraborty.

Wetland Act

Union minister for forest and environment T.R. Baalu on Monday said the Centre was considering a comprehensive act for protecting waterbodies and wetlands. Baalu was in the city to unveil the newly-constructed joggers’ path at Rabindra Sarovar. Later, Baalu was urged by the standing committee of West Bengal Legislative Assembly to take up improvement schemes for Nimtalaghat and the bathing ghat on the Dakshinswer temple campus.

Roadblock

Around 300 Trinamul Congress activists blocked the Rabindra Sarani-MG Road intersection on Monday demanding arrest of those who set the Ludhiana Hosiery Building on fire. The activists demonstrated for half-an-hour disrupting traffic along Rabindra Sarani.

Youth found dead

An unidentified youth was found murdered near Chitpur railyard on Monday. The body has been sent for post-mortem, police said.

Stall-owner hurt

A tea-stall owner was injured in front of Presidency College on Monday after a Matador heading for College Street spun out of control and hit him.

Seminar

The rising number of neurological cases among children and its consequences will be discussed at a seminar at Bangur Institute of Neurology, starting January 2.

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