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CMC wants to build highrise slums

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) is sending a proposal to the state government to get rid of slums by developing them into multi-storeyed structures. According to member, mayor-in-council, slum development, Pradip Ghosh, the density of population in the slum areas being double that of the rest of the city, there is ample scope to develop them. A survey report on the slums published on Friday reveals that slums cover 24.27 sq km of city area where 15.23 lakh people live.

Held for death of councillor

Dudhkumar Dutta, Baptan alias Ganesh Haldar, and Nepali alias Kartik Barman, were arrested on Saturday night at a cotton mill near Howrah in connection with the murder of Congress councillor of Konnagar Municipality Manas Roychowdhury. Chowdhury was murdered on May 8 and the former chairman of the municipality, Swapan Das, was arrested on the same day in this connection.

Trade strike

The State Government Employees’ Federation is supporting the country-wide trade strike on May 21 called by trade unions.

Plaudits for drive

Municipal commissioner Debasis Som’s drive to harness resources by pasting notices on the walls of big hotels, clubs and commercial establishments that have not renewed their trade enlistment has received appreciation from the National Institute of Urban Affairs. The institute in its publication advised other civic bodies all over the country to follow suit.

B.Ed course

The ICFAI Centre for Distance Education has announced the launch of a bachelor of education programme in distance learning mode. The course is of two years’ duration.

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TO Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana for organising a free lecture session on yoga therapy
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