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CMC smart cards to check absenteeism

lThe Calcutta Municipal Corporation will introduce smart cards along with a biometric time attendance system for its employees from next week. The system will debut at the Borough-X office. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee okayed a proposal placed by borough chairman Arup Biswas in this respect on Thursday. The biometric system is a fool-proof guard against proxy punching on behalf of an absentee employee. The machine will preserve thumb impressions of employees and attendance will be recorded by pressing the thumb on the button. The system costs Rs 1.5 lakh.

Dacoits raid hospital

Six dacoits armed with firearms and choppers raided a hospital at Bishnupur, on the cityís southern fringes, and tried to steal Rs 7 lakh on Thursday morning. According to police, the gangsters had prior information about money which had been withdrawn for disbursement of salary to the employees. Police said the miscreants came on two motorcycles. While they were searching the rooms for the money, a hospital employee called up the nearby Bishnupur police station. The goons failed to trace the money and left before the police could reach. No arrest has so far been made in this connection.

Pillion rider killed

A 27-year-old woman was killed on BT Road when a government bus hit the scooter she was riding with her husband on Thursday. According to police, the incident occurred near Khardah when Kakoli De was returning from Dakshineswar temple. The bus on route L-20 hit the scooter from behind. The woman fell down and was crushed under the front wheels of the vehicle. The driver of the killer bus surrendered to the Khardah police station.

Fire at SSKM

A small fire broke out at SSKM Hospital on Thursday morning. According to hospital sources, smoke was seen billowing out of a room in the gynaecological ward around 7 am. As soon as the news of the fire spread, power supply was cut off. Two fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. No casualty or damage was reported.

Fog disrupts flights

Dense fog over Delhi disrupted the flight schedule on the Calcutta-Delhi sector of Indian Airlines and Jet Airlines on Thursday. The Delhi-bound flight of Indian Airlines was delayed by two-and-a-half hours while the incoming flight to Calcutta was delayed by three-and-a-half hours.

Canal spruce-up

Environment minister Manab Mukherjee and municipal affairs minister Asok Bhattacharya on Thursday visited the stretch of Beleghata canal where eviction took place recently. After visiting the nine-km stretch, the ministers announced that the second phase of the work, as part of the canalís beautification drive, will start soon. The roads along the canal banks will be widened. Work on a park will also start.

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