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Min : 16.30°C (+2)
Max : 26.50°C (-1)
Rainfall : 0.00 mm
Relative Humidity:
Max : 90.00% Min : 46.00%
Sunrise : 6:16 AM
Sunset : 5:25 PM
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Partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature likely to be around 17°C.
 
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The City Diary

Coach glitch delays train

The Mumbai-bound Gitanjali Express averted a mishap after the staff detected that a key component of a coach had come off minutes before the train was to leave Howrah on Sunday. The coach had to be replaced, which delayed the train’s departure by two hours. fficials said the train was standing at platform 21 when the maintenance staff saw that the bolster suspension hanger of S4 was lying on the tracks. The hanger holds the cradle of the bolster spring that supports the coach. Had the coach rolled on without the hanger, there could have been a mishap,” said a senior railway engineer. he train, scheduled to leave at 1.30pm, started at 3.30pm. “The coach was detached and the passengers were shifted to S3 and S5. The train was stopped at Santragachhi, a few minutes’ ride from Howrah, where a new coach was brought and the passengers of S4 were accommodated in it,” said a railway spokesperson. fficials said the train was checked for mechanical flaws in Puri and Mumbai. The train comes to Calcutta as the Jagannath Express in the morning and leaves for Mumbai as the Gitanjali Express in the afternoon. At the Santragachhi car shed, we only wash the train and carry out some basic inspection,” said an official.

Rain likely in south Bengal

A low-pressure trough over the neighbouring state of Jharkhand is likely to bring rain to parts of south Bengal on Monday. The low-pressure system has helped in the formation of thunderclouds over the region. Spells of light rain lowered the temperature in parts of Calcutta on Sunday night. ccording to the India Meteorological Department, the city and its neighbourhood are expected to get spells of light rain or drizzle. Heavier rainfall in districts like Howrah, North and South 24-Parganas will drag the mercury down over the next 48 hours. lipore Met officials said the rain in south Bengal should lower the city’s minimum — which stood two notches above normal at 16.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday — by a couple of degrees by Tuesday.

Explosion

Three children and a woman were seriously injured when a crude bomb stored in a container exploded near a vat on Belgachhia Road in Howrah’s Dasnagar on Sunday afternoon. Police said Abhishek Adhikari, 12, found a gutkha container near the vat while playing with two friends. When they tried to open the lid, the container exploded. The three children and the woman, who was standing nearby, were admitted to Howrah district hospital in a critical condition.

Hooch toll

The hooch toll in Salt Lake’s Duttabad rose to eight on Sunday with the death of Tarapada Halder, 50. Five men had died after drinking the spurious liquor on Friday. Two more died on Saturday. Police seized over 4,000 litres of hooch from the area on Sunday.

Couple held

Police detained a couple who allegedly had fake marksheets and voter ID cards in their possession in Dum Dum on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, cops raided the couple’s house and seized the fake documents.

Youth dead

An unidentified youth died after a truck hit him near Jagatpur market in Baguiati on Sunday. He was declared dead at a nursing home.

Correction

The news report “Arrested”, published in Metro on January 14, mistakenly introduced Ashok Singh, who had been arrested on charges of robbery, as a former Trinamul Congress councillor of Bhatpara municipality. Former councillor Ashok Singh was not involved in the case. The error is regretted.

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