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One killed, 11 hurt in Bypass accident

One person was killed and 11 others, including a woman, were seriously injured when a chartered bus hit a taxi near VIP Nagar Bazar, on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, on Friday evening. The victim was identified as Dhiren Burman, 35, a member of the Ananda Marga Pracharak Sangha. The injured have been admitted to the nearby Ruby General Hospital. The accident took place at around 7 pm, Tiljala police station sources said. The bus was coming at a high speed and hit a taxi, which was parked on the roadside. The bus then ran over several pedestrians. It was going from Ultadanga to Behala, additional superintendent of police (headquarters) Damayanti Sen said. Local people damaged the bus and assaulted the driver, Debotosh Sengupta, and then took him to a local club and kept him there. Sengupta claimed that he lost control of the bus. Police have impounded the bus. Traffic movement was disrupted for over three hours after the accident. Even as the police were struggling to bring things under control, a Tata Sumo hit a motorcycle near the spot of the accident. The motorcyclist, who is yet to be identified, was injured, police sources said. Meanwhile, MP and Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and CPM leader and Sunderban affairs minister Kanti Ganguly rushed to the spot. “The traffic signals in the area do not work and there are no traffic police personnel at the junctions,” Banerjee alleged. Ganguly announced that the state government and district authorities would take the responsibility of the treatment of the injured, “since they all come from poor families”.

Bank chief in cop custody

Thousands of investors thronged a cooperative bank at Shyamnagar on Friday as news spread that the bank’s director had been arrested on charges of misappropriating Rs 87 lakh. The incident involved the Rautara Union Cooperative Bank on Feeder Road, in the Jagatdal police station area. Bank sources said the management committee had asked the director to explain the anomaly in the accounts and the bank’s reserves. Several depositors had complained earlier this week that they were not getting their fixed-deposit amounts back from the bank. The bank’s management also filed an FIR against the director on Thursday night, at Jagaddal police station. The director, Dipak Pal, was produced in Barrakpore court on Friday and remanded in police custody. According to police sources, a tyre dealer had earlier taken Rs 127 lakh in three instalments from the bank, which had not been properly accounted for.

E-governance

Chittabrata Majumdar, general secretary, Citu, inaugurated a seminar on “E-governance road map and security issues”, organised by the Institute of Engineering and Management, on Friday. Experts on various areas will discuss the key issues involved in successful e-governance implementation. Webel chairman Alok Mookherjea delivered the keynote address at the opening session.

Power pay date

The CESC has extended the last date for availing of rebates on electricity bills in certain areas in order to pre-empt a rush. The company said in a statement on Friday that bills with consumer numbers beginning with 05, 08, 11, 12, 66 and 67, with due dates ranging from February 24 to 28, could be paid till Tuesday, March 4, with full rebate facilities. The facility would be available to consumers paying by cheques too, the statement added.

Decor fair

Home Décor and Modern Products 2003, an exhibition-cum-sale of decorative and consumer products, organised by Fair Centre, is on till February 24 at Ice Skating Rink, from 11 am to 8 pm.

Peace parade

To celebrate World Peace and Understanding Day on February 23, Rotary International District 3290, in association with Taj Bengal, will host a cultural programme at the hotel. Representatives of 40 consulates in Calcutta have been invited to participate. Alison Lee Sibley, wife of American consul-general George N. Sibley, will sing. The Consulate of Nepal will present ‘Dances of Nepal’. Kathak exponent Amita Dutt will also perform with her troupe.

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O rotary club of calcutta midwest for organising a show, featuring Bombay Vikings, on March 1 at Nazrul Mancha to raise funds for polio eradication
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