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Flight timings changed for fog

A number of international airlines operating from Calcutta have changed their schedules as a preventive measure against fog.

Singapore Airlines has announced the change in timings from December 1, 2006, to February 15, 2007. The new flight number on the Calcutta-Singapore route is SQ517 (instead of SQ415) and on the Singapore-Calcutta route, SQ516 (instead of SQ416). The flights from Singapore will arrive in Calcutta on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8.35 pm and take off on the same days at 9.50 pm.

Thai Airways has also changed its departure time to 10.30 pm from December 1. British Airways has changed the departure timing of its flights from November 15 to 4.55 am on all the days. Emirates flights will leave Calcutta at 10.55 am on Mondays and Tuesdays and at 5.30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Hawker eviction

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation carried out eviction drives on Monday to remove hawkers from the pavements of Brabourne Road, Colootola Street and NS Road. Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya said the drive will cover other areas and articles found beyond one-third of the breadth of a pavement will be seized.

Thailand awards

Thailand has bestowed Prince Mahidol Award 2006 on Dilip Mahalanabis (honorary director of the Society for Applied Sciences), Stanley G. Schultz (former dean, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, USA), David R. Nalin (former director of vaccine, scientific affairs, Merck vaccine division, Merck & Co., USA) and Richard A. Cash (senior lecturer in international health, Harvard University School of Public Health, USA) for their contribution to advancement of medicine and public health.

Painter better

Painter Bikash Bhattacharjee, who was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic following a cerebral attack on Sunday night, is stable now. Hospital officials said Bhattacharjee’s condition has improved.

Found dead

Milan Sur, 38, was found hanging in his Behala house on Monday morning. Preliminary reports suggested that Sur was suffering from depression.

Hit by car

Bonbehari Pal, 65, from Halisahar, in North 24-Parganas, was hit by a car in Ballygunge on Sunday night. He was rushed to Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan, where he was declared dead. The car was impounded and the driver arrested.

House collapse

Asit Naskar, 20, was seriously injured after a portion of the balcony of a three-storeyed house on Deodar Rahman Road collapsed on Monday.

Murder arrest

Md Khalique and two of his accomplices were arrested on Monday on murder and extortion charges. Police said Khalique had been on the run for the past four years, ever since he murdered Md Sheroo.

Trio in the net

Three men were arrested in New Market on Monday on charges of extortion. An officer said Md Juber, Moidul Ahmed and Md Sabir would target newcomers in the New Market-Lindsay Street area posing as cops.

Vehicle theft

Aksar Mollah, an alleged motorcycle thief, was arrested in Sealdah on Monday. Police said Mollah, who was riding a motorcycle stolen from Beniapukur, was intercepted by an officer of Muchipara thana.

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To Calcutta Park Street Ladies Circle 46 for organising a Hepatitis B vaccination camp for 150 blind children and adults

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