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Meeting to break Eden deadlock

The state government has convened a meeting on April 26 to break the deadlock over Eden Gardens. The meeting will be attended by forest secretary R.K. Tripathy, GOC-in-chief, Bengal area, Major-General Z.U. Shah, police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee, PWD secretary Kalyani Chowdhury and other senior officers of the forest department. The department had closed the park on March 22 after army officers expressed disapproval over the government's move to charge an entry fee from visitors. Officers said the government would make it clear at the meeting that it would stick to its stand so long as the army wanted it to run the park.

Taxi strike called off

The Progressive Taximen's Union called off its strike on April 14, following talks with transport secretary Sumantra Chowdhury on Tuesday morning. Union president Madan Mitra said the strike had been called to protest the 'forced' phasing out of old vehicles by the government and other issues.

Urban mission

Urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya met his Union counterpart Ghulam Nabi Azad in Delhi on Monday and discussed the Centre's Urban Renewal Mission. Altogether, Rs 5,000 crore has been allotted by the Centre for projects under the mission. The Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority area has been included within the mission. Bhattacharya said on Tuesday that he had requested Azad to include Asansol, Siliguri and Haldia within the scheme.

Fall from train

Three women were seriously injured after they fell from a running Sealdah-bound local near Agarpara station on Tuesday morning. They were admitted to BR Singh Hospital. Police said one of the women, standing at the door of an over-crowded compartment, slipped and fell. While falling, she clutched on to the other two and dragged them down with her.

Cops hurt

Two traffic constables were injured in separate accidents on Tuesday. An autorickshaw hit Anwar Hossian on Gariahat Road. Hossian was taken to AMRI Hospitals. In the other mishap, a private car knocked down Gopinath Manna on Camac Street. He was taken to the police hospital with injuries in the right leg and hand.

Airtel logjam

Airtel's subscribers on Tuesday faced problems in sending and receiving calls and messages. The situation was particularly bad in the afternoon. An Airtel spokesperson, however, claimed there was 'no problem at all' with the network.

Parking fee case

A case was filed in the high court challenging the legality of a newspaper advertisement by the civic body, asking for tenders for collection of parking fees. A division bench adjourned the hearing till April 28. The petition was moved by Fee Car Parking Co-operative Society, an organisation which used to collect parking fees for the civic body from 1988.

Music school row

Minister of state for labour Sushanta Ghosh said on Tuesday that his name was being 'unnecessarily dragged' into the controversy over the Elgin Road house of Soumendranath Tagore. Last week, members of Baitanik ' a music school set up by Tagore at his house ' had alleged that Monoranjan Panda had taken over a museum in the building. he minister alleged that Baitanik had no right to the building, though it had taken over several rooms and rented them out. 'Baitanik now wants Monoranjan to leave. I have been dragged because he is from my district... Monoranjan might have mentioned my name when Baitanik members created pressure on him to leave,' he said.

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