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Bus fare hike call

Calcutta, Sept. 2: After the fresh hike in petrol and diesel prices on August 31, private bus and mini bus operators in the city and its adjoining areas demanded today that the minimum fare be made Rs 3 for buses and Rs 3.50 for mini buses.

The operators said the fare may be valid for up to 4 km in both cases. The fares were marginally reduced on June 7 after a drop in fuel prices.

Family suicide

Bankura: Ashish Pramanik, 30, killed his wife Shyamali, 28, and daughters — Subarna, 5, and Jayanti, 2, and dumped them in a forest at Rangamati, about 200 km from Calcutta. Ashish, a saloon owner, consumed the poison then. A cowherd found the bodies on Monday evening . “The younger daughter was hugging her father, her sister the mother,” said police.

Jail sentence

Chinsurah: The court here on Tuesday sentenced Nepal Mudi, 27, to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a nine-year-old girl. In a January afternoon in 2000, the resident of Dhaniakhali raped the Class-IV student. Villagers caught him and beat him up before handing over to police, said the prosecution lawyer.

Airport knives

Calcutta: Securitymen at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport recovered eight knives from five Bangladeshi passengers on Tuesday evening. They were, however, allowed to board a Bangladesh Biman plane headed to Dhaka. The Bangladeshis were coming from Cyprus.


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