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The City Diary

New chief secretary

State home secretary Amit Kiran Deb will succeed Ashok Gupta as chief secretary. Gupta is due to retire on Thursday. Power secretary Prasad Ranjan Roy will take over as home secretary. Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said the appointments would be formalised on Wednesday.

Warehouse blaze

A fire broke out in a chemical godown, belonging to Central Warehouse Corporation, on Karl Marx Sarani early on Tuesday. Five fire tenders doused the flames in three hours. The godown was considerably damaged by that time. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained. A short circuit is suspected.

Ansari plea

Aftab Ansari and six others moved Calcutta High Court on Tuesday challenging a trial court's order convicting them in the American Center attack case. The appeal and the applications for bail of the seven will be heard on Wednesday.

Road mishap

Prasanna Adhikari, 57, died shortly after falling off a minibus on CIT Road on Tuesday afternoon. Adhikari, a resident of Hazra Bagan Lane, was taken to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital.

Wall collapse

Javeda Bibi, 45, died in a wall collapse at Bishnupur, on the southern fringes of the city, on Monday night. Bibi was asleep with her family when the wall collapsed. She was taken to SSKM Hospital.

Memorandum

Members of the State Government Employees Federation submitted a memorandum of demands to Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. The demands include merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance with the basic pay with effect from January 1, 2005, declaration of another 15 per cent dearness allowance, deposit of arrears under Revision of Pay and Allowances 1998 in general provident fund and employment to dependants of disabled and diseased employees, among others. Partha Chattopadhyay, general secretary of the federation, said the governor had assured them that he would take up the matter with the state government.

MP case hearing

Justice S.K. Gupta of the high court on Tuesday concluded the hearing of the petition filed by parliamentarian Deepankar Mukhopadhyay seeking quashing of a trial court directive asking him to pay maintenance to Bindu Sarkar, an attendant at his Salt Lake residence. The court adjourned the verdict. ppearing for Mukherjee, Sekhar Basu argued that the procedure of the trial court was not in accordance with the law. He alleged that the verdict was arrived at without any hearing. The petitioner's lawyer, Sandip Kundu, claimed Mukhopadhyay had married his client at the Kalighat temple.

Loot recovered

Police on Tuesday recovered a portion of the money robbed from the employees of a petrol pump in Barasat on Monday. A gang of five had snatched Rs 3 lakh and fled. police team on Tuesday raided a house in Ashoknagar, on the northern fringes of the city, and recovered nearly half the amount. Four people have been detained for interrogation.

Power protest

Members of the All Bengal Electricity Consumers' Association will hold a demonstration in front of Vidyut Bhavan on Thursday to protest the hike in rates.

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