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Tech tool to set taxi meters right

The days of grumbling over taxi-meter fixing could soon be over. The state government is poised to make it mandatory for taxi-owners to get their meters cleared by a tech tool it is importing, prior to permit renewal. “The computerised machines will be used to check the efficacy of taxi meters in order to eliminate tampering,” state transport minister Subhas Chakraborty at Writers’ Buildings on Friday. The taxis will be driven on to a bay with machines underneath that can rotate the wheels for a pre-fixed time. Six such machines will be imported. The transport department will also launch a drive from July to fine vehicles without permits in Calcutta and on its outskirts. “We also plan to increase inter-state bus services,” Chakraborty added.

Mid-day fire at Stephen House

A fire broke out on the ground floor of Stephen House at BBD Bag, at around 12.15 pm on Friday. The offices housed in the building were immediately evacuated. It took three fire-tenders about an hour to put out the blaze. CESC workers were called in and the power supply to the building was cut off. People who work on the premises alleged that the electricity wiring lacked maintenance and this was the second fire in the past year.

Life term for rape

A 55-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday by the fourth additional district judge, Barasat court, Anup Chowdhury for having raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl two years ago. Prabir Ranjan Chowdhury, the convict, was also fined Rs 5,000. Chowdhury’s daughter Sikha Naha, who allegedly helped her father kill the girl, is absconding. The murder took place on August 24, 2001, at the house of Chowdhury, in the airport police station area, where the victim, Priyanka, used to stay with her mother. Chowdhury allegedly attacked her while her mother was away. The girl lost consciousness, and Chowdhury, believing her to be dead, called for his daughter, Sikha. He tied her dupatta around the unconscious girl’s neck and hanged her from the ceiling. The post-mortem report revealed that Priyanka was still alive before she was hanged. The girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the police. Later, police picked up Chowdhury.

Bleach case

The Calcutta High Court on Friday referred to the magistrates’ court a decision on whether to recommend quashing assault charges against Peter Bleach, sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the Purulia armsdrop. The British national stands accused of assaulting a fellow prisoner inside his cell in Presidency jail in November 2002. Justice D.P. Sengupta ruled that “all points in the charge must be kept open to be decided by the learned magistrate on their merits”, and pledged to “fix up a date for a decision” on whether to dismiss the case.

Building demolition

Calcutta Municipal Corporation started to demolish the house on Asutosh Mukherjee Road in Bhowanipore which collapsed on Thursday evening, killing one pedestrian and injuring four others. Traffic movement was restricted and the area was barricaded.

Man hangs self

Swapan Pal, 40, committed suicide in Kumartuli on Friday by hanging himself from the ceiling of his bedroom. Police said Pal was suffering from depression.

Cowshed near Lake

The Corporation on Friday lodged a complaint with the Lake police station against Dulal Ghosh for running a cowshed without a licence in Jodhpur Park. Mayoral council member in charge of conservancy Rajib Deb asked the Lake police to seize the animals. Ghosh is absconding.

Stuck at Writers

Six persons were stuck in a lift near gate number one at Writers’ Buildings on Friday morning.

Karate show

The Indo-Japan Karate Training Camp & Belt Examination is being organised by the All India Seishinkai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation, on June 28 and 29, at Netaji Indoor Stadium.

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