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Civic official jailed for fraud

Ghulam Murshed Ali, a conservancy officer of Borough V of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC), was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment after he was proved guilty of forgery and cheating. According to the police, Dibyendu Roychowdhury, then deputy chief engineer of the conservancy department, had lodged a complaint against Ali in November 1994. He alleged that Ali had duped several youths of Rs 6 lakh, by making false promises of finding them jobs on the CMC.

14 shops gutted in fire

Fourteen shops in Southern Market on SP Mukherjee Road were gutted in a fire that broke out at about 3 am on Monday. According to the police, residents informed officials of Tollygunge police station, who went to the spot with four fire tenders. The shops were stocked with plastic, cosmetic and hardware goods. The fire was brought under control at around 4.30 am.

Bail rejected

Calcutta High Court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail petition of Shehnaz Begum, wife of Mohammad Yusuf, apprehending arrest in connection with the illegal possession of a flat owned by a Waqf estate on Market Street. The wife of Hamimul Huda, a member of the former Waqf Board of the state, occupied another flat in the same building. According to the commission report, both were allowed possession of the flats at nominal rents by Huda. The state police have registered cases against the women on the basis of a complaint filed by the secretary of the state minority affairs department.

Train cancelled

The 5959 Up Kamrup Express, which was scheduled to leave Howrah on Wednesday, has been cancelled as the corresponding train from Dibrugarh is yet to arrive following a technical snag, an Eastern Railway official said.

Talent test

The Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholarship test will be held in January 2004. Students pursuing courses in basic sciences, medical and engineering in the state are eligible to appear for the test. The last date of receiving application forms is November 30, 2003. More details about the test available at jbnsts.org.

Dhapa expansion

The CMC will expand Dhapa dumping ground by including an adjacent 200-acre plot, mayor Subrata Mukherjee said on Tuesday.

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