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Power cut at SSKM hits operations

Power failure at SSKM Hospital caused great inconvenience to patients and doctors on Monday, delaying a few operations in the surgical sections, said surgeon superintendent Deb Dwaipayan Chattopadhyay. Nearly hundred patients reeled under the crisis that lasted for over an hour. Trouble started a little before noon when some parts of SSKM plunged into darkness after a transformer developed a technical snag. The urology, nephrology and cardiology departments, as well as portions of the hospital’s main block, were the worst affected. Power supply was restored after 1 pm and the technical fault was repaired by 4 pm.

Man stabbed in highrise

A middle-aged man was stabbed at Arya Bhavan, an eight-storeyed apartment housing several government offices, at Raja Subodh Mullick Square on Monday evening. The man, yet to be identified, was attacked in front of the lift on the first floor. After stabbing the man twice, the assailant snatched his cellphone. The injured was admitted to NRS Hospital. No arrest has been made in this connection.

Jewellery looted

Ornaments worth Rs 35,000 was looted from a jewellery shop on Keshtodas Pal Lane, in the Girish Park police station area, late on Sunday. Three youths gagged a teenaged shop worker before escaping with the valuables.

Shot dead

Surojit Das Barman, 24, was shot dead in a marketplace at Banbania near Barasat, on the city’s northern fringes, on Sunday night. Police said Das Barman was a Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activist. A bandh was observed in the area on Monday.

Suicide

Kanailal Dutta, 65, was found hanging from the ceiling of his bedroom in his Shyampukur Street house on Sunday. Dutta’s wife, Rina, informed the police at around 9.20 pm. A suicide note found on him stated that no one was responsible for his death, police said.

Rail disruption

Train services on the Howrah-Tarakeswar section were disrupted for an hour from 5 pm on Monday after a Matador broke down at the rail crossing of Gate no. 2 of Sheoraphuli station. Pilgrims for the Srabon mela were inconvenienced.

Doctor sit-in

Indian Medical Association members on Monday held a sit-in in front of Dr B.C. Roy’s house at Wellington to protest capitation fee, steep hike in medical fees and increasing atrocities against doctors.

AAI union threat

Members of the Airport Authority of India’s Employees Union on Monday threatened action if the government did not withdraw its proposal of privatising the airport, said union general secretary M.K. Ghosal.

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