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Bandh called on Thursday

The SUCI has called a 12-hour bandh from 6am on Thursday demanding reduction in the electricity charge, bus fares and other issues. The spokesperson for the party said emergency as well as essential services would be exempted from the bandh. Book Fair cars, too, would be spared but not the IT sector vehicles. Bandhs called by SUCI are usually supported by the Trinamul Congress and disrupt life in pockets of south Calcutta and South 24-Parganas. The Trinamul is not supporting Thursday’s bandh.

Drivers to strike work

Over 10,000 private car drivers in the city will strike work on Wednesday, demanding appointment letters, fixed working hours, life insurance, pension, a minimum wage of Rs 5,000 and the status of workmen. They will take out a rally in the afternoon from Mohammad Ali Park to the Gandhi statue on the Maidan and submit a memorandum to state labour minister Mrinal Banerjee at Writers’.

Road death

Ananta Ghosh, 40, a resident of Barasat, was run over by a speeding vehicle on Monday morning. Police said Ghosh, a guard in a Salt Lake building, was heading for work on his bicycle when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle. Soham Das, an autorickshaw driver, said Ghosh was hit by a bus on route 71. Residents claimed the body lay on the road for over 30 minutes before police took it to Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Honour

Rajasthan Foundation, Calcutta Chapter, will confer the Pravasi Pratibha Puraskar 2008 on industrialist R.P. Goenka.

Help arrested

Murli Mukhia, 25, was arrested on Sunday from Bihar’s Madhubani district in connection with the murder of Behala resident Sashi Ganeriwal, who was allegedly killed by her domestic help in November 2008. Two gold chains were seized from Murli. Cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees had gone missing from the Ganeriwal home after the murder.
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