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Chunks fall off Writers' ceiling

Portions of the ceiling over the main staircase in the protected area of Writers' Buildings collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured. Large chunks of brick and cement lay scattered on the staircase. Several people, including senior officers, use the staircase everyday. olice rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The part of the staircase between the first and the second floors was closed. Public Works Department minister Amar Choudhury said he was not in Writers' Buildings when the chunks came loose. 'I will ask my officers to conduct an inquiry and submit a report,' he added.

Venezuelan President

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will reach Calcutta on Friday on a two-day visit. Chavez will be given a public reception on Saturday evening at the Rabindra Sarobar stadium. Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Assembly Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim will attend the reception. Chavez, accompanied by a 40-member delegation, will visit a panchayat in Rajarhat.

Troubled waters

Urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya said on Tuesday that a consultant would be appointed to suggest ways on running the Calcutta Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority professionally. Speaking on the issue, he said water was becoming increasingly precious and could not be given to everyone for free.

Bridge work

The Bally road overbridge will be closed to traffic from 11 pm on March 1 to 10 am on March 2, for work related to the construction of the second Vivekananda Bridge. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic along national highways 2 and 6 will be restricted during the same period.

CM birthday

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee turned 61 on Tuesday. In response to journalists' query, he said he had no special plans for the day. 'It's just like any other day,' he smiled.

Body found

The body of an 86-year-old woman, Tripti Roy Chowdhury, was found floating on Rabindra Sarovar on Tuesday morning. Police said Roy Chowdhury was a resident of New Alipore. She used to live alone in her flat. Her only son lives in Guwahati.

Booster station

A Rs 18-crore booster pumping station was commissioned in Kasba by Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee and Sougata Roy were among those who attended the function. The mayor said he had planned to develop Nimtala burning ghat, but the plan could not be implemented because of non-cooperation by some local political leaders.

Run over

A middle-aged cyclist was run over by a Matador in Sonarpur, on the southern fringes of the city, on Tuesday morning. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bank robbery

Unidentified men slipped into the counters of the Barasat branch of Allahabad Bank on Tuesday morning and escaped with a bag containing Rs 2 lakh. Minutes after Swapan Mukherjee, who runs the Centre for Communication and Development in Madhyamgram, withdrew the amount, a bank officer asked him to talk to someone in the loan department regarding one of his projects. As Mukherjee was about to move, two youths, who were already inside the counters, snatched the bag and fled.

Sarobar upkeep

The state government will hand over the job of maintaining Nazrul Mancha to a private organisation. The money to be earned as rent from the theatre will be used for the upkeep of the adjoining Rabindra Sarobar, urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya said on Tuesday.

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To Parnasree Club, Behala, for donating Rs 10,000 to Bharat Sevasram Sangha for tsunami survivors

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