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Dial the mayor when in distress

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee switched on the Corporation’s round-the-clock helpline for citizens on Monday evening. Now, citizens can directly air their grievances, make suggestions and access important information by dialling 1600333375. According to Mukherjee, citizens can do everything, from requesting the removal of a cadaver to lodging a complaint of harassment by a civic official, through this facility. It will be the duty of the attending officer to communicate the message to the mayor, municipal commissioner and the controlling officer of the department concerned.

7-year jail term for dacoity

Zakir Hussein was convicted to seven years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 on Monday by Samaresh Prasad Chowdhury, judge of the Fast Track Court, on charges of robbing Bikash Chowdhury of Rs 50,000 in December 2002. Deputy commissioner of police, detective department, Soumen Mitra, said Hussein and an associate had robbed Chowdhury in the Topsia police station area. The associate is absconding.

Bail rejected

A bench, comprising Justice A.K. Talukdar and Justice P.N. Sinha, on Monday rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of the family of Pradip Biswas, vice-chancellor of the Council for Alternative System and Medicines, who was arrested on August 25 for running the college illegally. All three petitioners — wife Dipti, son Tapas and brother Mrityunjoy — were apprehending arrest for their involvement in Biswas’ affairs. Opposing bail, public prosecutor Kazi Safiullah told the court that all three were partners of the college.

Train rescheduled

Howrah-Guwahati-Dibrugarh Kamrup Express will leave Howrah at 5.35 pm. instead of 5.55 pm, from November 1, Eastern Railway sources said.

Assault over fish

A 32-year-old man was lynched and two of his associates were hospitalised early on Monday at Uluberia, in Howrah, when the trio was caught trying to steal fish. Zulfiquar Hasan, superintendent of police of Howrah, said Yudhisthir and Sanu Kurli are in a critical condition. The owner of the pond was arrested.

Metro services hit

Metro Rail services were hit on Monday afternoon following a minor technical snag on a rake. A problem was detected in the door lamp of the rake as it was about to leave Tollygunge at 1.20 pm, Metro officials said. The train was delayed by 10 minutes and five Up and three Down trains had to be rescheduled.

CMC property

Calcutta Municipal Corporation has turned out to be the largest real estate owner in the city as the total value of its landed properties has been calculated at over Rs 2,363 crore. SREI capital markets, which was entrusted by the civic authorities to assess the property, submitted its report to mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Friday. The total value of the CMC’s landed and movable properties is over Rs 6,907 crore.

Two arrested

Two youths were arrested in Maheshtala on Monday in connection with the looting of money and valuables from the owner of a milk booth in Behala and injuring his employee early on Sunday. Police said a portion of the looted money and valuables was recovered. The search is on for the other associates.

Puja special

Eastern Railway will run another pair of Puja specials between Howrah and New Delhi. This train will leave Howrah on October 1 and start from New Delhi on October 3. Bookings will open from September 4. With the new train, ER will run 36 pairs, including 20 pairs between Howrah and New Delhi.

Power bill fraud

Mriganka Maity, a 55-year-old resident of Howrah, was arrested on Monday evening by officials of Burtolla police station on charges of fraud. Police said Maity would pose as a CESC employee and collect electricity consumption charges by producing forged documents.

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TO Wockhardt Hospitals and Rotary Club of Calcutta Midtown for organising a free health check-up camp at Maddox Square

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