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Civic school ‘liability’

Calcutta, Jan. 18: Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the first Calcutta Municipal Corporation-run secondary school at Garden Reach here at a time when the Asian Development Bank has said education is an extraconstitutional liability of local bodies.

The bank has given Rs 1,518 crore as soft loan to the corporation. The students of the school in Mamata’s Calcutta South constituency would, however, have to appear for Madhyamik by arrangement with other schools, said mayor Subrata Mukherjee.

Fog hits trains

Calcutta: Fog in north India delayed several trains from the region to Howrah and Sealdah stations. The Rajdhani arrived 13 hours behind schedule. Amritsar Mail (12 hours), Kalka Mail (12 hours), Doon Express (9 hours), Jodhpur (14 hours), Chambal (6.30 hours) and the Mumbai Mail via Allahabad (6 hours) were late as well. The Rajdhani to Sealdah was 14 hours late and Jammu Tawi Express 5 hours. The Kalka Mail that was to leave Howrah on Sunday was cancelled.

Mill violence

Barrackpore: Personnel officer of Naihati’s Hukumchand Jute Mill Naradmuni Mishra was beaten up by labourers. The officer was said to be in a critical condition. When machinery was being shifted from one unit to another, the workers apparently thought the mill was being shut down.

CM talks trade

Calcutta: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met Mongolian Prime Minister . Enkhbayar and discussed trade in agriculture and IT.


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