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Heritage, rail tickets at Book Fair stall

For the first time, the railways have rolled into Calcutta Book Fair, to sell tickets and showcase a history of 150 years. Officials said on Sunday that ER’s official heritage book, Symphony of Progress — The Saga of Eastern Railway, released in August 2003 by railway minister Nitish Kumar, will be on sale. A large number of stamps on the railways, published over the past 100 years, will add colour to the stall. R will also set up ticket counters in the stall. “Unreserved tickets from Howrah and Sealdah to any destination can be purchased from these counters,” a senior ER official said. asu statue: A wax statue of Jyoti Basu will find place beside the statues of Rabindranath Tagore and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at the Book Fair. The statues will be placed in a double-decker bus parked on the fair campus.

Householder tied up, looted

Armed dacoits entered the house of Nikhil Debnath at Moyna, in Barasat, early on Sunday. They tied up Debnath and three others, before fleeing with jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh and Rs 12,000 in cash.

Bypass mishap

A cyclist and his pillion-rider were seriously injured on Sunday morning on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass at Panchannagram, in the Tiljala area, when a bus on route C-3 lost control and knocked them down, before colliding with a private car.

Arms haul

Three criminals carrying improvised firearms and bombs were arrested on Karl Marx Sarani, in the Watgunge police station area, on Saturday afternoon. Two loaded country-made pistols, four rounds of ammunition and four bombs were seized, apart from a cellphone and the map of a local jewellery shop. Two of the gang fled.

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