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Suicide bid for teacher tick-off

A 19-year-old girl tried to commit suicide by jumping from the terrace of her school building on Friday. But, fortunately, she fell on a mound of sand. ccording to Sanjay Mukherjee, deputy commissioner of police (headquarters), the girl decided to take her life because a teacher scolded her in front of her classmates for not completing homework. 'But the scolding was so mild that it should not have led anyone to attempt suicide,' observed Mukherjee. he girl fell unconscious after the fall. She was taken to SSKM Hospital, where she regained consciousness after two hours. In the evening, she spoke to her mother. Though there were no external injury marks, doctors are examining her to find out whether she sustained any internal haemorrhage,' said Mukherjee.

Antique link to abduction

Police on Friday traced the abduction of Dipak Pradhan from Salt Lake to a racket involving antiques. Pradhan was rescued on Thursday. Three more persons have been rounded up, taking the total number of arrests in this connection to five. A headless stone figure of Gautam Buddha has also been seized. olice said Rabi Ganguly, business partner of Dipak's father, had sold the figure to a syndicate that supplies labourers to construction agencies. The syndicate paid Rabi Rs 1 lakh and promised to pay the rest of the promised amount after selling the Buddha figure. n finding the figure to be fake, the syndicate demanded the money back. Rabi refused. It was then that goons involved in the racket abducted Dipak, mistaking him for Rabi's son. Rabi, too, has been arrested and remanded in police custody.

Law change

The laws should be amended to make policing more efficient, director-general of police Shyamal Dutta said on Friday. 'More teeth and strength are required. I request the authorities concerned to weigh options for making certain changes to the existing laws,' Dutta said, while speaking at a debate in Salt Lake. he debate was organised by police in association with the state human rights commission and the National Human Rights Commission. Nineteen police personnel from across the state spoke on whether human rights is relevant in modern society.

Felicitation

The state mass communication department and the Paschim Banga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilani organised a programme on Friday to felicitate 173 physically and mentally challenged students. State finance minister Asim Dasgupta announced mid-day meals would be introduced in schools for physically and mentally challenged students.

Teresa street

Mamata Banerjee will unveil the statue of Mother Teresa on Park Street on Saturday, to mark the renaming of Park Street as Mother Teresa Sarani. Italian consul-general Agostina Pinna will attend the function as chief guest.

Jatra fest

A 22-day jatra festival will be inaugurated at Mahajati Sadan on December 14. It is being organised by the information and cultural affairs department. Part of the proceeds will be donated to poor artistes.

Setu tax

The Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners will lease out the collection of toll tax on Vidyasagar Setu to a private agency, it was decided on Friday.

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