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Meet fails to put off taxi strike

Talks between representatives of taxi unions and state government over the demand for a fare hike ended in a stalemate at Writers’ Buildings on Wednesday. our taxi unions, including the Bengal Taxi Association, that control over 20,000 taxis have called a 48-hour strike from 6am on June 6. The minister has called us for another meeting on June 4. If our demands are not met we will go ahead with the strike,” said Bimal Guha, the president of Bengal Taxi Association. The government policy is against any such hike. We are trying to ensure other means by which taxi owners and drivers can increase their earnings,” transport minister Madan Mitra said after the meeting.

Metro tenders: Metro Railway replaced its old fire engines with two upgraded tenders on Wednesday. The tenders — equipped with high power hose, hydraulic revolving halogen lights, gas masks and a water storage capacity of 6,000 litres — will be placed at the Tollygunge and Noapara car sheds.

Sleaze racket: Two minor girls were rescued from a Patuli house and a couple were arrested for allegedly running a sleaze racket on Wednesday. Police sources said the accused — Akash Patra and his wife Sushmita — had claimed they were model co-ordinators. Fire: A 60-year-old woman received burns in a fire that broke out in her food stall beside New Alipore railway station on Wednesday. One tender doused the flames. The woman was admitted to MR Bangur hospital.

Boy dead: A 12-year-old boy drowned in the Hooghly while bathing at Takta ghat around 10.30am on Wednesday.