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Low poll turnout

Burdwan, Jan. 8: Only 64 voters turned up for union elections in two Burdwan colleges whose combined strength is 4,200, the low turnout allegedly prompted by a spate of campus violence in the run-up to the polls.

While 17 of the 1,200 voters of Burdwan Women’s College turned up, 47 of Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya’s 3,000 students voted.

Norway kids

Calcutta: Calcutta High Court on Tuesday said the Bengali kids who were separated from their parents by Norwegian authorities and sent to a child-care unit would stay with their uncle at Kulti near Asansol till January 14, the next date of hearing.

ABG exit effect

Calcutta: INTTUC president Dola Sen has said the exit of ABG from the Haldia port would hardly have an impact on the state as it was a “mere contractor” engaged in loading and unloading.

College clash

Asansol: Two SFI supporters were allegedly assaulted by Trinamul Chhatra Parishad members while filing poll nominations at an Asansol college.

Truck hijack

Tamluk: Residents of East Midnapore’s Bhagabanpur put up a roadblock on Tuesday for two hours to protest the hijacking of a truck carrying a consignment of hair on Monday.

Defection

Calcutta: Over 100 minority members of Trinamul and the BJP have joined the Congress in North and South 24-Parganas.