Pandas seek lift of curb order
The pandas of the Kalighat temple moved Calcutta High Court on Friday, seeking modification of an order restraining them from entering the sanctum sanctorum to offer puja on behalf of pilgrims. But the bench presided over by Chief Justice V.S. Sirpurkar held that the Supreme Court “scheme” on running the temple, issued in 1957, did not give any such rights to the pandas.
The court, however, ruled that the pandas could plead for the right before the South 24-Parganas district judge, who is ex-officio chairman of the temple committee.
Protest over faulty kits
Around 70 Congress supporters blocked the Hazra crossing on Friday afternoon and damaged four state buses to protest the health department’s inaction in checking faulty blood test kits supplied by Monozyme India Ltd. They also demanded immediate resignation of health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra.
The blockade continued for over half-an-hour and was lifted after a police contingent reached the spot. Five protesters were arrested, said Bikash Ray, officer-in-charge of Kalighat police station.
Body found The body of Swapan Das, 49, was found in a truck in Baruipur, on the southern fringes of the city, on Friday morning. Police suspect Das was killed elsewhere. The body has been sent for post-mortem.
Special trains Eastern Railway will run a pair of special trains between Howrah and New Delhi, via Dhanbad-Gaya-Mughalsarai. The Up train will leave Howrah at 6.45 pm on November 5 and arrive in New Delhi at 7.25 pm the next day. The train will have 17 coaches, including two general second-class coaches.
Rescue team A police team from Barasat left for Madhya Pradesh on Friday to rescue 19-year-old Tahmina, who has reportedly been sold to a brothel owner there. Police said Tahmina got married to Abbas Ali three months ago. Soon after, Abbas took her to Madhya Pradesh. Tahmina’s father told police he had not heard from his daughter since then.
Upkeep schedule A pair of local trains on the Baruipur-Diamond Harbour section, under Sealdah South division, will terminate at and originate from Deula from 1.02 pm to 2.32 pm on Sundays between November 5 and December 3 because of maintenance work.
Rape arrest Bhuban Naskar, 18, was arrested in Sonarpur on Friday for allegedly raping a 17-year-old.
Run over A 50-year-old man was killed after being run over by a vehicle on Strand Road early on Friday. Police said the man was crossing the road. Police took him to Medical College and Hospital, where he was declared dead.
Conference S.S. Khurana, general manager, Eastern Railway, will preside over the inaugural ceremony of the National Conference of Indian Railways Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians at the BR Singh Hospital auditorium on Saturday.
TO Behala Gajantala welfare society for donating wheelchairs to the physically challenged