Project put on fast track The state government announced on Wednesday that the Calcutta Environment Improvement Project will be put on the fast track. Work orders for the next phase of the project will be issued by March. This was decided at a review meeting by municipal affairs minister Asok Bhattacharya at Writers' Building. Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and Calcutta Municipal Corporation commissioner Alapan Bandyopadhyay attended the afternoon meeting. The project will be completed in three phases. Work orders for the first phase will be issued by March 26, 2006. By that time, we plan to spend Rs 186 crore. The rest of the work orders will be issued in 2007 and 2008. The project will be completed within 36 months. We will not let the money go waste on any account,' asserted mayor Bhattacharya after the meeting.
Twin suicides A girl and a man committed suicide in different parts of the city on Tuesday night. Sajda Parveen, 15, hanged herself at her residence in Dhankheti, near the port. She was a student of Class IX. No suicide note was found. Soumen Das, 31, also hanged himself in his residence near the Muchipara police station. He hailed from Burdwan and worked in an office in Salt Lake. The suicide note did not hold anyone responsible.
Station death An unidentified youth with injuries was found lying at Howrah station on Tuesday night. He was taken to Howrah State General Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
Airline offer Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines have announced the launch of an 'exotic value-for-money' package for Rs 12,999. The 'exotic-Langkawi' package will be valid only for the city. The four-day and three-night package would include airfare, accommodation with breakfast in star-category hotels, airport transfers and half-day sightseeing in Langkawi. The package will on offer till December 31.
Metro service Metro Railway will operate six additional trains on November 25, when India will take on South Africa in an ODI at Eden Gardens. Trains will be available at 15-minute intervals from 10.27 pm at Dum Dum and 10.30 pm at Tollygunge. The last trains will leave Dum Dum and Tollygunge at 10.57 pm and 11 pm, respectively.
Firearms found A bag containing a revolver and a country-made pistol was found at Bally railway station, in Howrah, on Wednesday morning. A patrolling team of Railway Protection Force spotted the bag and handed it to Government Railway Police officers. No arrests have been made in this connection.
Epilepsy camp The Armenian Church Trauma Centre and Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences will hold a free medical consultation for patients on the occasion of World Epilepsy Day on November 17 at Mukundapur.
Army school quiz The Inter-army School Command Level Quiz 2005 was held at the Fort William auditorium on Wednesday morning. Teams from Dinjan, Kaprail and Shillong battled it out with the hosts.
Workshop The World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Week is being observed from November 16 to November 23 by the BM Birla Heart Research Centre with a variety of activities, including free workshops on lung diseases and free oxygen saturation level assessment.
TO Lions clubs international for distributing garments and food among destitute children