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Madhyamik result put off till June

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has deferred publication of the results of Madhyamik 2003 to mid-June. The results of Madhyamik exams were announced on May 23 in 2002. Board secretary Amar Chandra Patra said on Tuesday that the evaluation of scripts was “almost complete”. Explaining that the slow-and-steady move was aimed at minimising errors after the marksheet scandal in 2002, Board sources put part of the blame for the delay on the panchayat polls. The evaluation of the answer-scripts was delayed earlier in May as many teachers engaged in the process had to carry out election duties. The industrial strike on May 21, too, added to the delay.

Jilted youth kills self

A jilted lover, Ranjit Das, committed suicide by setting himself on fire after dousing himself with kerosene in his bedroom at Blackburn Square Lane, in the Burtolla police station area, on Tuesday morning. Police said Das was in love with a girl and had proposed to her recently but she had turned him down. Das’ relatives told police that he had been depressed over the past two days. He left a suicide note stating that he did not blame anybody for his death. His body was taken to RG Kar Hospital.

Varsity bar

Calcutta University on Tuesday decided to stop granting permission to its affiliated colleges to open pass courses in conventional subjects like history, political science and philosophy. The decision was taken at a meeting of the university’s syndicate. The number of examinees in the BA Part I examination has increased by 10,000 this year compared to 2002. “We may find it difficult to hold the BA examinations if the number of students increases at this rate,” said pro vice-chancellor, academic, Suranjan Das.

House burgled

Five youths robbed a house in Puddapukur on Tuesday. Police said five men went to the residence of Raj Kumar Jalan posing as agents from a courier service company. Jalan was then out on work. They blindfolded his son, Harshad, and pushed his wife, Shabnam, at gunpoint to a corner of their bedroom. They took away ornaments and Rs 25,000. A case was registered at Ballygunge police station.

Man dies

Bipin Srivastava, 35, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his room at Cossipore, in north Calcutta, on Tuesday morning. Police said Srivastava was suffering from several ailments.

Goon arrested

Gautam Roy, 46, alias Borokhoka, a history-sheeter, was arrested in a house in the Shibpur police station area on Tuesday morning along with three accomplices. The man was among those rounded up from the Salt Lake stadium guest house in 2001 and was out on bail. Borokhoka is also the prime accused in the murder last December of Pratap Koley, alias Apple, another criminal who operated in and around Howrah. Koley was gunned down at Baguiati, North 24-Parganas, while taking a morning walk on December 5, 2002.


A 35-year-old electrician, Sarfaraz Alam, was electrocuted at the jetty under West Port police station on Tuesday morning. Alam was repairing electric lines of a ship, Vivek, docked at the jetty. His body was sent to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Salt Lake suicide

A woman committed suicide on Monday night in a software firm in Sector V, Salt Lake, where she used to work. Shyamali Sinha, 30, was on the night shift when she went missing. Her body was discovered on the roof with her dupatta tied around her neck. Police said Shyamali was having problems with her family.

Hospital raid

Police on Tuesday raided the premises of the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Beleghata and removed nearly a hundred shanties from the hospital premises. The unauthorised dwellers hurled brickbats at the police during the day-long operation.

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