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Meet to speed up auto conversions

The state government on Monday met autorickshaw-owners and their union leaders and urged them to file applications for conversion of the two-stroke vehicles to four-stroke ones. The high court has ordered conversion of all autos to four stroke by July 31, 2009. At the meeting, attended by additional chief secretary Sumantra Chaudhury, city police chief Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti and PVD director S.N. Pal, it was decided that all applications should be completed by early July. According to official records, of the 30,000-odd two-stroke autos in the city, only 2,000 have converted to four-stroke.

Sourav school

Residents of BA and CA blocks of Salt Lake met on Monday to chalk out their strategy ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with officials of Sourav Ganguly’s proposed school at CA 222, against which they had agitated on Sunday. Construction work at the plot was stopped at 6pm on Monday. Earlier, it continued till 9.30pm. Sourav’s relative Sanjay Chatterjee said he had forwarded the residents’ grievances to Sourav.

Found dead

Meena Seikh, a 35-year-old homemaker, was found dead with severe head injuries at her home in Sonarpur on Monday. Her son, daughter-in-law and two daughters were arrested on Monday. The police are looking for Meena’s husband Ektar Seikh, a rice trader. A probe revealed Ektar suspected Meena of having an affair.

Power cuts

The city and its adjoining areas on Monday suffered power cuts ranging from an hour to an hour and a half as the shortfall in the CESC-served areas shot up to 135MW during the evening peak hour. CESC officials said a 132-KV feeder of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited had tripped and a unit of CESC’s Titagarh plant was shut down for repairs.

Tree transplant

The developers of Calcutta Riverside, a township coming up across 262 acres in Batanagar, announced on Monday that they would transplant around 500 trees at the project site by 2012. They claimed this would be the “largest and costliest” tree transplantation project in the country.

Fire in shop

A fire broke out in an electronics goods shop at Chandni Chowk on Monday morning. Two fire tenders doused the flames after 30 minutes. No one was injured in the incident. The cause of the fire and the extent of damage were yet to be ascertained.

Balcony collapse

Three persons were injured in Taltala after a concrete chunk from the balcony of a two-storey building fell on them late on Sunday. The trio were taken to hospital with leg and head injuries and discharged after treatment.
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