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Plea to screen Sikkim

Calcutta, Nov. 12: The authorities of Calcutta Film Festival have mailed a request to the Art and Culture Trust of Sikkim for consent to screen Satyajit Ray’s Sikkim but the agency has denied having received any such plea.

“We haven’t received the request,” said Ugyen Chopel, the managing trustee of ACT, which claims to be the “rightful owner” of the documentary. Following a plea by the trust, a Sikkim court had on yesterday barred the screening of the film in the festival. An ACT official said the trust would have given its consent to the festival authorities had they approached it earlier in a “proper manner”. Earlier in the day, Manab Bandyopadhyay, the state deputy director of information, said a request for consent had been mailed to the Sikkim trust.


Road mishap

Malda: One person was killed and 46 others were injured when the truck they were travelling in rammed into a tree along NH34 near Kariakundu in Gajole around 3pm on Friday. Police said the vehicle was on its way to Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur. The injured were admitted to the Gajole rural hospital. Twelve of them were later shifted to the district hospital in Malda. The deceased has been identified as Bikash Mondal,46.


Two held

Siliguri: Pradhannagar police arrested two persons with stolen automobile parts worth around Rs 2 lakh from Mallaguri on Friday. Police said Hari Pradhan of Sukhiapokri and Dayal Roy, a resident of Champasari, were carrying the spare parts in a pick-up van. The duo could not produce valid documents for the items.


Jumbo body

Alipurduar: A decomposed carcass of an elephant calf was found near Panbari forest under Buxa Tiger Reserve (east) division on Friday. This is the second elephant body to be spotted in the area within the past 72 hours. On Wednesday foresters had found a decomposed body of a makna. R. Saini, field director of the Buxa Tiger Reserve, said: “The calf was aged about one year. The sex of the animal could not be determined because the carcass was highly decomposed. We have collected samples and are sending them to Calcutta for examination.”


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