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Dealers block petrol sale on Friday

lThere will be no sale or purchase in petrol stations in Calcutta and elsewhere in Bengal on April 4. Announcing this decision, Jaydeb Sarkar, general secretary of the West Bengal Petroleum Dealers’ Association, said the commission for dealers was reduced from one per cent to 0.75 per cent.“Our demand is for increasing the commission to two to five per cent,” he said, alleging that low quality petrol and diesel were being supplied by the four oil companies. The companies were not giving any subsidy to dealers despite the hike in petroleum prices, electricity, telephone and other charges, he said. Many members of the association were not getting payment from the state government, he added.

HS exams from today

Higher Secondary examinations are beginning from Tuesday all over the state. The written examinations will continue till April 26, West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education officials said. This year, 3,79,909 candidates will sit for the exams in 276 centres.

New chief whip

Robin Deb, CPM legislator from Ballygunge, was appointed chief whip of the Left Front in the Assembly on Monday.The post fell vacant following death of Lakshmi Dey on Friday.

Squall shifts path

Calcutta and its adjoining areas had a narrow escape from a squall at 70 to 80 kph on Monday evening as storm clouds that developed near Burdwan around 4 pm finally drifted towards Bangladesh. The Met Office had issued a warning about a squall between 5 pm and 8 pm in the city and some south Bengal districts, including Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24-Parganas. “A huge mass of black cumulonimbus cloud was detected near Burdwan on the radar. The cloud column stood 10 km tall and came swirling towards the city. We issued a warning immediately. But later the cloud drifted towards Bangladesh,” said R.N. Goldar, deputy director general of the regional meteorological centre at Alipore.

Heroin haul

A 28-year-old youth was arrested at Taratala Road on Monday on charges of drug pushing. Detective department officers in mufti netted Javed Ali, a resident of south Calcutta, when he was roaming around in Taratala. Police seized 200 gm heroin from him.

CESC cash timings

CESC cash offices will stay open on April 1 and April 6. Arrangements have also been made for extended office hours on April 5. Select cash offices will stay open for extra hours on April 12.

Office burgled

The office of a Czechoslovakian tourism and trading centre in Kohinoor Building in Park Street was burgled late on Sunday. The robbers fled with Rs 23,000. According to police, the miscreants broke open the door and took out the money from a cupboard. No arrest has so far been made.

Thumbs Down

O the state health department for failing to enforce the law against smoking, spitting and chewing tobacco in public from April1 due to “lack of coordination”
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