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ER to run 35 pairs of Puja specials

Eastern Railway will run 35 pairs of additional trains to cope with the Puja rush. There will be 19 additional pairs of Howrah-New Delhi trains running four days a week between September 29 and October 31. There will also be five pairs of Howrah-Dehra Dun trains running every Friday from October 3 to 31. Nine pairs of Howrah-Bikaner trains will run every Monday and Wednesday from October 1 to 29. Two additional trains will also run between Sealdah and New Jalpaiguri from October 1 to October 11. Chief operations manager of Eastern Railway S.R. Thakur said additional coaches will be provided for Darjeeling Mail, Kamrup Express, Kanchanjungha and Kanchankanya Express trains if there are 450 or more passengers on the waiting list.

Pandal safety certificate date

The state government said on Monday that puja pandals can be constructed only after obtaining permission from the director-general of West Bengal Fire Services. This will be applicable for Durga Puja, Kali puja and Jagaddhatri puja. Applications for no-objection certificates should be submitted at least a fortnight before construction, and the pandals set up at least three days before the puja. Organisers have been asked to contact the officer-in-charge of the local fire station or the pandal officer and apply in the “prescribed form of NOC”.

Road renamed

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) has decided to rename Garden Reach Road as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Sarani. Naseem Ara Begum, great-grand daughter of Wajid Ali Shah of Oudh and daughter of Prince Yusuf Mirza, former deputy mayor of Calcutta, called on mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Monday, along with other members of the royal family. The road will be formally renamed in November.

Assault protest

Trinamul Congress chairman of borough IX, Ruby Dutta, who was allegedly beaten up by the police during her agitation with Mala Roy in front of Tollygunge police station on Wednesday, has filed a suit at Alipore court against the police. She had also written to the state Human Rights Commission. Last Wednesday, Roy and Dutta held an agitation by dumping two truckloads of garbage in front of Tollygunge police station, for which they were allegedly beaten up and arrested.

Eviction drive

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Monday decided to clear the pavements near Jadavpur University (JU) and the 8B bus stand of encroachments. The university authorities had earlier requested the CMC authorities to clear the pavements. Local councillor Ratan Dey said there are over a hundred hawkers on the pavements at the 8B bus stand. According to Dey, this has led to an increase in accidents on the busy stretch.

Run over

Subhas Chandra Bakshi, 56, was knocked down by an unknown vehicle on Bhupen Bose Avenue near the Shyambazar five-point crossing on Monday. Bakshi is a resident of Sribhumi, in the Lake Town area. He was taken to RG Kar Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the police said. The driver fled.

Water links

Suresh Prabhu, former Union minister and chairman of the task force on interlinking of rivers, met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writers’ Buildings on Monday to discuss the Centre’s projects on interlinking rivers all over the country. An office will be opened in Bengal to co-ordinate the projects here. The projects will benefit the Calcutta port and the Sunderbans, apart from the state’s agriculture. He said Bhattacharjee had promised cooperation.

CAS survey

Vijay Singh, additional secretary in the information and broadcasting ministry, will visit Calcutta on Tuesday to review CAS preparedness of city-based service providers.

Dacoits held

Five dacoits were arrested at Kankulia in the Lake police station area on Monday evening. Police seized three revolvers and two choppers from them.

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