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Hotlines to crack fake cash rings

The state government has decided to install hotline connections in some major banks in a bid to crack down on fake currency rackets. “The connections will be directly linked with the Calcutta police control room,” home secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray said at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday. The hotlines will be installed by January 2008. Bank officials will be trained in operating the hotlines.

Besu dates

Hostels at Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) will reopen on December 27 and undergraduate semester exams will start on January 2. This was decided by the academic council at a meeting on Thursday. Students will be notified through advertisements in the media. All undergraduate students will be allowed to sit for the semester examinations.

JEE post

Siddhartha Dutta, the pro vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University, has been appointed chairman of the state joint entrance examination (JEE) board. Dutta’s appointment comes in the wake of the Centre’s decision to upgrade Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) to an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology. The state JEE board is part of Besu. The Besu vice-chancellor functions as board chairman.

Fatal fall

Mohammad Rafique Sheikh, 35, a resident of Hemendra Chandra Deb Road, died after he jumped off a railway overbridge on which he was walking when he spotted a train approaching him near the Tangra Road-Canal South Road crossing on Thursday morning.


Bipasha Das, a 30-year-old homemaker, committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her bedroom at her Lake Town home on Wednesday night. Police said she was suffering from depression, as her baby died soon after birth about a month ago.
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