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Jaldapara jumbos off to Yokohama

Two elephants, Rahul and Devi, were ferried to Yokohama zoo from Calcutta on Wednesday by Air India’s ‘combo’ flight (passenger and cargo aircraft). The two elephants were brought to Calcutta airport on Tuesday from Jaldapara sanctuary. The aircraft landed at the airport around 6am and took off at 10am. The flight, usually from Delhi to Tokyo via Bangkok, was diverted through Calcutta on Wednesday for carrying the elephants.

London fliers stranded

With Air India’s Calcutta-London flight cancelled for two consecutive days, 130 passengers were stuck at Calcutta airport. The flight was scheduled to take off for London on Tuesday but could not because of heavy fog at its destination. The passengers were put up at a city hotel and told that they would fly out on Wednesday. But after reaching airport, the passengers were informed that weather conditions in London had not improved and so the flight stood cancelled. Airline officials said if London’s weather improved, the flight would proceed on Thursday.

Knocked down

Chandra Nath Ghosh, 66, a resident of Bansdroni, was rushed to Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday after he was knocked down by a private bus. A hospital official said Ghosh was being treated for medium to critical injuries on the face, hands and legs. Police said the bus hit Ghosh on DL Khan Road, in Hastings. The driver of the bus was arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Empty house fire

A fire broke out in a house at Rahara, in Khardah, on the northern fringes of the city, on Wednesday morning. According to firemen, local residents spotted thick smoke from the house of Prabir Roychowdhury. The family was away on a holiday. A short-circuit may have led to the fire, they added.

Energy seminar

Eastern Railway organised a seminar on energy conservation on Wednesday. The railway had earlier observed energy conservation week from December 14 to 21.
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