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Cops chided for illegal traffic lights

lPWD minister Amar Chowdhury on Tuesday said a traffic signal had been illegally set up on VIP Road by the North 24-Parganas police. He said traffic signals on VIP Road can only be installed with prior permission from the PWD. Chowdhury also accused the district police of illegally giving permission to companies to set up hoardings on the road. “It is illegal to give such permission on VIP Road without the PWD’s consent as the arterial road is under our jurisdiction,” he said. The minister said he had summoned the district magistrate and the superintendent of police of North 24-Parganas on February 5 for an explanation.

HC order on teacher dues

Justice Barin Ghosh of Calcutta High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to pay all retirement benefits to Kanan Gopal Bannerjee, assistant teacher of a Bankura school. Bannerjee’s lawyer Subroto Mookherjee said he had to move court as the authorities were not paying his benefits, including pension, amounting to over Rs 2 lakh from January 1999, when his client retired. The order is of significance as thousands of teachers in the state have yet to receive retirement benefits.

Water protest

Traffic along the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass came to a halt on Tuesday morning after residents of the Metropolitan Cooperative Society put up a road blockade to demand water supply. Supply to the housing complex has remained suspended for the past 12 days. The blockade continued for two hours, before senior police officers intervened. About 20 persons were arrested and later released on bail.

Post for city judge

Justice Tarun Chatterjee, a senior judge of Calcutta High Court, has been appointed chief justice of Allahbad High Court. Justice Chatterjee will assume office from January 31. Justice Chatterjee, who was appointed to Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990, will succeed Justice Shyamal Sen, a former governor of Bengal.

Madhupur stop

The Howrah-Patna Shatabdi Express will stop at Madhupur station for two minutes on an experimental basis for six months from February 1. An Eastern Railway spokesman said the Up train will stop at Madhupur at 5.20 pm everyday and the Down train will stop at 9.25 am.

Varsity attack

The Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (Juta) and the All-Bengal State Government College Teachers’ Association have condemned Monday’s attack on engineering teacher and Juta leader Tarun Kanti Naskar by opponents of the SUCI-backed bandh in front of the university. A deputation was submitted to the vice-chancellor to prevent “recurring attacks” on the teachers’ association.

Toys for all

The International Marwari Federation and Prabha Khaitan Foundation will distribute toys to poor children on February 2 at 4 pm at Marcus Square.

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O seva bharati (new alipore) trust for organising a free eye-operation camp
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