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Nylon rope kills boy in play

Calcutta, Sept. 4: A five-year-old boy died at his Tollygunge Road residence today after a nylon cord he was playing with accidentally became a noose around his neck.

Pankaj Sharma was rushed to SSKM hospital within minutes after he fell unconscious but doctors declared him dead. Police said Pankaj had tried to make a swing out of the rope used to dry clothes. “Somehow, it got entangled around the boy’s neck.”

Pankaj was in the balcony with his brother, who raised the first alarm. His mother was in the room and businessman father at work.

Puja bonus

Calcutta: The government today asked all commercial establishments to pay the puja bonus by September 17, says a staff reporter. The rates at which the bonus will be paid will not be lower than last year, the government said. “All disputes regarding payment of dues has to be settled across the table. I have asked the unions to ensure peace,” said labour minister Mohammad Amin.

Madarsa fast

Calcutta: Students of Hooghly Madarsa went on a 12-hour fast on Thursday in protest against the “collapse of academic atmosphere” in their school.

The Telegraph had reported earlier this week about the school’s non-functioning computers, which were provided by the government in its bid to “modernise” madarsa education.

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