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Plea to allow Kali puja at Keoratala

A group of residents of the Kalighat area met mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Tuesday, asking for permission to hold Smashan Kali puja at Keoratala burning ghat. They told Mukherjee that the Kali puja was about a century old and if the Calcutta Municipal Corporation planned to stop the celebration there from 2004, then no Durga puja should be allowed in any of the CMC parks.

Wait till Diwali for CellOne

BSNL cellular subscribers will have to wait until Diwali to come under the CellOne umbrella. The launch, slated for October 22, has been postponed as nearly 25 per cent of its existing customers are yet to receive the new SIM. Users need the new SIM to be able to log on to the CellOne network. CalTel says that it will start inviting new customers a week after the brand launch.

Nimtala project

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) will soon enter into an agreement with the Sahara Group for the beautification of Nimtala burning ghat in north Calcutta. According to mayor Subrata Mukherjee, it will be a part of the riverfront beautification programme taken up by the civic authorities. As part of the project the flow of rotten milk and flowers dumped in the Hooghly from Bhootnath temple will be checked.

Research pact

An agreement for setting up of international collaborations in the field of plant and micro-organism research was signed between two private organisations in the presence of commerce and industries minister Nirupam Sen at Writers’ Buildings on Tuesday. It is aimed at discovering new molecules using state-of-the-art technology of bioinformatics, biotechnology and genomics. Sen said the state had allocated 15.27 acres in Sureli (Mungpoo) and Ansalgunge (Tung) for the joint venture company, Biodivan Bengal.

Eviction drive

Civic authorities will undertake a drive against encroachers around Dahi ghat in Kidderpore to start construction of a water treatment plant there. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee held a meeting with local CPM councillor Faiz Khan on Tuesday in this connection.

Power theft

Five persons were arrested on charges of power theft in the Kalikapur area of east Jadavpur on Tuesday. A CESC spokesperson said 60 illegal connections were snapped during the raid. He said about 12 kw of power were being stolen daily.

Train services hit

Train services were disrupted on the Barharwa-Sahibganj section of Eastern Railway’s Malda division for seven hours after tribals obstructed train movement at Dhamdhamia station from 4.30 to 11.45 am. Two long distance trains and five EMU locals were delayed for about four-and-a-half hours, ER officials said. Consequently, 3023 Up Howrah-Gaya Express and 3133 Up Sealdah-Varanasi Express, scheduled to leave Howrah and Sealdah respectively on Tuesday night, were cancelled.

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TO Lions Club of Calcutta Sanjeevani and Shradha eye care for organising a free eye operation camp at New Alipore

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