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SARS suspect cleared, released

The 22-year-old man admitted at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Beleghata on Wednesday with suspected symptoms of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was released from the hospital on Monday evening after reports confirmed the Gorakhpur-based businessman was suffering from other respiratory infections, not SARS. At around 5.30 pm, the businessman, who had arrived from Bangkok with respiratory distress and fever, was told he was free to go home, after nearly five days in isolation. Another patient, Subir Maity of Ghatal, who had rushed to the same hospital from Kalighat two days ago with symptoms common to SARS, was transferred to the general ward on Monday afternoon after doctors concluded he was not carrying the deadly virus that has left many dead in Southeast Asia.

Parekh back in Presidency jail

Presidency jail authorities shifted Ketan Parekh, alleged mastermind of a multi-crore share scam, to Presidency jail from SSKM Hospital on Monday. Parekh was admitted to the hospital on March 7 after he complained of chest pain. Though his release order had been issued five days ago, he was not allowed to shift as the jail authorities had failed to clear the dues. He was discharged after the SSKM authorities were given an assurance of payment.

Road mishap

Banik Roy, 27, was killed in an accident on Alipore Road on Monday. Police said Roy’s Maruti van was hit by a CSTC bus. He was a resident of Suren Sarkar Road in Beleghata. The bus driver fled, leaving the vehicle.

Fish trader killed

A 50-year-old fish trader, Surjya Kanta Chapdar, was killed after a truck hit the trekker he was travelling in at Sonarpur, on the southern fringes of the city, on Monday morning. The truck driver fled with the vehicle.

New year events

Vivekananda Shilpi Sansad will take out a procession of around 2,000 school students on Poila Baisakh from Girish Avenue at 6 am. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture will hold a cultural programme from 10.15 am at the institute.

Foundation day

The Bodhana Home for the mentally challenged will celebrate its foundation day on its Rajarhat premises from 11.30 am.

Ration shops shut

All ration shops in the state’s enlisted ration areas will remain closed on Tuesday (Bengali New Year) and Friday (Good Friday), said a government press release.

Thumbs Up

To Calcutta Alipore Ladies Circle 3 for organising a health awareness camp for breast cancer detection
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