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Buddha objects to PM’s banking law

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday said at Writers’ Buildings that he had written to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, raising objections to some points in the proposed Banking Regulation (Amendment) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 2003, and sent copies of the letter to his counterparts in all other states. According to Bhattacharjee, “cooperative society” is a state subject and the purpose of cooperatives in the state would be frustrated by the amendments. The chief minister wrote in the letter that even the cooperative banks operating at the primary, intermediate or apex levels would cease to exist under the proposed legislation if they do not qualify for a licence that the Reserve Bank of India would grant at its sole discretion.

Medical seats case hearing

The case filed by the state, challenging the decision of Medical Council of India (MCI) not approving the proposals of the government to open two MBBS courses — one at SSKM Hospital under Calcutta University and another at Midnapore under Vidyasagar University — came up for hearing on Friday. Appearing for the state, advocate-general Balai Roy told the court that the MCI’s decision was “bad in law”. While the hearing of the case was in progress before Justice P.K. Roy, advocate Ajit Panja appeared and told the court that his clients — eight meritorious students selected for the course — wanted to be added as parties to the case. The MCI lawyer, Jaideep Kar, opposed the prayer but the court agreed to the plea. The judge fixed the matter for hearing on November 4.

Run over

Sushanto Ghosh, a 30-year-old bus conductor on route 18B, was run over on Friday afternoon on Diamond Harbour Road, near the Alipore Bodyguard Lines, when he slipped and fell from the front gate and the rear wheel ran over him. According to an official of Ekbalpore police station, the driver of the bus was arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Boy drowned

A 12-year-old boy, Alok Singh, drowned on Thursday night at Chain Ghat, in the South Port police station area. Police said Singh, a resident of Balaram Bose Street, in Bhowanipore, was part of a group observing Chhat puja. His body has not yet been recovered.

Stop-rally petition

A division bench of Calcutta High Court on Friday admitted the petition filed by environmentalist Subhas Dutta, seeking the court’s intervention for regularising the traffic system of the city and imposing a ban on rallies. The bench, comprising Chief Justice A.K. Mathur and Justice A.K. Banerjee, directed the state to file an affidavit and set a date for hearing after four weeks.

RG Kar raid

During a raid at RG Kar Hospital on Friday detective department sleuths arrested a 40-year-old tout, Nizarul Haque, one of several such illegal persons operating at state-run hospitals. According to senior officials of the detective department, raids will be carried out at all government hospitals to bring an end to the practice.

Chamber plea

Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry filed a petition in Calcutta High Court on Friday, asking the court to allow it to be a party to the case filed by environmental activist Subhas Dutta, seeking orders from the court to make Brigrade Parade Ground pollution-free. The court admitted the petition and scheduled the hearing on November 7.

Arsenic in water

Arsenic has been detected in filtered water supplied by the Calcutta Municipal Corporation. Sovan Chatterjee, mayor-in-council member in charge of water supply, admitted that out of 656 water samples collected from Tollygunge, Jadavpur and Kasba, arsenic was found in 20 samples. The arsenic-affected outlets have been sealed.

New hospital chief

The new superintendent of Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta, Rabindranath Chatterjee, took charge on Friday.

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