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Cancer screening

The state health department plans to undertake cervical cancer screening across the state, health secretary Sanjay Mitra announced on Thursday. he decision was prompted by the findings of a random screening conducted by Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) in and around Calcutta. The study, carried out among 20,000 women, revealed that three out of every 100 women in the age group of 30 to 65 years are vulnerable to the disease. CNCI director Jaydip Biswas said the institute would provide all help to the government for cancer screening.

Smart card recharge

Metro passengers can now recharge their multiple-ride tickets without queuing up at counters. wo recharge machines (picture above by Tamaghna Banerjee) were installed at Park Street station on Thursday. Passengers can recharge their smart cards by inserting a Rs 100 note into the machine . The machines will reject mutilated or fake notes and notes of lower/higher denomination, a Metro official said. he authorities plan to install such machines, costing Rs 3 lakh each, at all stations if the ones installed at Park Street station work successfully.

Life term

A fast-track court in Howrah sentenced a 35-year-old man to life on Thursday for murdering his 28-year-old wife in 2008. According to a complaint, Sushanta Das had poured kerosene on his wife and set her on fire. She died in hospital.

Youth held

A youth was arrested late on Wednesday for allegedly opening an account on a social networking site using the picture of a middle-aged woman without her knowledge. Aurobindo Patra, 27, a resident of Haridevpur, was arrested based on the woman’s complaint.