Heat and dark after feeder-line fault Large areas of north Calcutta have been reeling under massive power failure since Tuesday following a fault in a six-KV feeder line between Khanna cinema and Fariapukur. As a result, residents of Shyambazar, Fariapukur and the adjoining areas had to go without fans or air-conditioners in the sweltering heat. Multi-storeyed buildings also faced a water shortage as electric pumps were rendered inoperative. A CESC spokesman said the feeder was repaired four times but each time the fault recurred. He said CESC engineers were busy with the repairs. Power supply is expected to be restored by Thursday night.
Writ against cyber cafe fees A writ was filed on Friday challenging the recent announcement of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) demanding licence fees from cyber cafes of the city. Advocate Alok Ghosh appearing for the CMC, submitted that the civic authorities had decided to collect Rs 1,000 per screen per annum from the cyber cafes. The petitioner, the owner of a cyber cafe, argued that the CMC had issued enlistment certificates to run cyber cafes. He said the CMC had no authority to demand fresh taxes for the purpose. Justice D.P. Kundu, hearing the case, has directed the petitioner to submit the enlistment certificate before the court.
Music fest The government-sponsored eight-day Gaan Mela in the Rabindra Sadan complex will begin on April 15. Youth services minister Mohammad Selim said at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday that it would be inaugurated by veteran singer Ramkumar Chattopadhyay. Violin wizard Pandit V.G. Jog will be conferred the Mohar Award initiated in memory of Rabindra Sangeet exponent Kanika Bandyopadhyay. Over 400 singers and Bangla bands from all over the state will participate.
Health forum Global Health & Education Trust, an NGO, launched the Health Empowerment Forum on Thursday. The forum aims to spread information and improve doctor-patient relationship.
Drug-peddling Three women were arrested at Dakshindari in Lake Town for selling drugs. Police said 11gm heroin worth about Rs 11,000 was found on them. One of the arrested women was wanted in a number of cases.
Bank fraud case Division bench of Justice N.A. Chowdhury and Justice S.K. Gupta on Thursday rejected the bail prayer of Keshab Bangur, who was arrested for defalcation of Rs five crore from a nationalised bank in Rajashthan. Bangur’s trial is pending in a city CBI court.
Thumbs Up To Calcutta Metropolitan Ladies Circle 65 for donating hearing aids and talking calculators for use of the hearing and visually impaired