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Court plea of rape accused dismissed

A division bench of Calcutta High Court, comprising Justices G.C. De and N. Seal, on Thursday rejected the bail plea of Ramesh Majumdar, arrested on the charge of being involved in a gang rape at Gobardanga, in North 24-Parganas. Ramesh and two friends had allegedly raped a woman after kidnapping her. Opposing the bail plea, additional public prosecutor A. Goswami said the woman has been staying at her brother’s home in Calcutta after Ramesh and his friends forced her to leave the village. “She returned to the village when she came to know that Ramesh and his aides had been arrested in a bank robbery case. She, then, lodged a police complaint in Gaighata village,” the prosecutor added.

Anticipatory bail rejected

Calcutta High Court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail petitions of Subhas and Piyali Seth, apprehending arrests in connection with a swindling case. The police have registered a case against the couple on the basis of a complaint lodged by Tapan Nandi, who alleged that the couple had taken Rs 5.5 lakh from him to help his son get admission in Bangalore Siddharth Medical College. But after receiving the money, the couple denied having made the promise.

Killed in accident

A 60-year-old woman was killed in an accident in Alipore while trying to cross the road on Wednesday night, police said. The victim could not be identified.

Suicide

Sukumar Pallab, 45, committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train near Belur station on Thursday morning. Police said he had been suffering from depression.

Shot dead

Swapan Chowdhury, a 47-year-old Congress member, was murdered by an unknown assailant at Habra Bazar, in North 24-Parganas, on Wednesday night. Police said Chowdhury was shot from point-blank range while he was returning home. No one has been arrested in this connection.

Bodies found

The bodies of two youths were found lying beside the road, near Durgapur Expressway, on Thursday afternoon. Police suspect the victims had been strangulated to death.

Loan for state

Finance minister Asim Dasgupta on Thursday said the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has agreed to give a loan of Rs 500 crore to the state government for the current fiscal year. The money will be spent on development of infrastructure, rural electrification, flood control and pisciculture.

Workshop

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee and urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya will address a workshop on Friday, organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the CMDA, to help set up the City Managers’ Association in Bengal. US consul-general George N. Sibley will also attend.

City alumni chapter

The Calcutta chapter of National Institute of Technology Durgapur Alumni Association (NITDAA) was instituted on April 7 at the Engineers Club in the city. NITDAA president Samiran Chatterji inaugurated the Calcutta chapter and asked all ex-students to work for the betterment of their alumni. The NITDAA aims to help needy meritorious students and undertake projects to improve their alma mater. Subroto Bhattacharya was elected president of the Calcutta chapter.

Tech ventures

Samsung Electronics India Information & Telecommunication has decided to focus on West Bengal and is drawing up plans to tie up with educational and training institutes to educate customers on personal computer (PC) usage. By tying up with city-based partners Jalan Infotech and Syntech, the company will also invest in augmenting the manufacturing capacity in the state to serve the Northeast, Bihar and Orissa markets.

Thumbs Up

To Vidyasagar University and Lakhotia Computer Centre for preparing the first ever e-MBA programme in eastern India
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