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Assembly rule

Calcutta, Feb. 10: The Assembly has prohibited news conferences in its precincts when the House is not in session.

The decision came a day after Surjya Kanta Mishra held a news conference at the press corner. The event went beyond 4.45 pm, after which the security staff go off duty. Speaker Biman Banerjee issued the ban in consultation with parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee. Mishra has said he will write to the Speaker to protest the decision.

Cop posters

Midnapore: Police in Midnapore have for the first time put up posters urging top Maoist leaders to lay down arms and join the mainstream. So far, posters put up by the government sought information from people on wanted Left-wing extremists, offering rewards for right leads.

ITI complex

Midnapore: Rabiranjan Chatterjee, the state minister for technical education, on Friday laid the foundation of a Rs 3.5-crore ITI complex in Salboni. Chatterjee said the institute would come up by August this year and impart training to nearly 200 youths from Jungle Mahal annually.

Teacher plea

Raiganj: A Raiganj college teacher has filed a police complaint accusing a Trinamul leader of threatening to kill him for protesting the party’s attack on a former principal last month. Tapan Nag, the party’s Raiganj chief, has denied Babulal Bala’s charges.