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Road mishaps kill four, injure three

lFour persons were killed and three others injured in a string of accidents on Thursday. According to the police, 60-year-old Bally Thakur, a resident of Cossipore Road, was run over when two private buses on routes 204A and 42C were racing down Broad Street. Both drivers managed to flee with the vehicles. As news of the accident spread, about 250 people blocked traffic, protesting rash driving in the area. They damaged two other private buses. The blockade was withdrawn following police intervention. In another accident, Madan Mandal, 50, died when a bus on route SD4 knocked him down on Sahapur Road. No one was arrested. An unidentified 30-year-old man was hit by a tram near Behala Chowrasta around 4 pm on Thursday. He later died. A mob blocked the road for some time. Shabbir Sheikh, 10, was run over by a bus on Diamond Harbour Road while crossing the street with his mother. The driver was arrested and the vehicle impounded. Later, three persons were injured when two vans collided at the Mayo Road-Dufferin Road crossing. Police impounded both vehicles.

Hospital water unfit to drink

The civic health department slapped a notice on Nilratan Sirkar Medical College and Hospital authorities after coliform bacteria was found in water samples collected from the premises. According to member, mayor-in-council, health, Javed Ahmed Khan, samples of water collected from the reservoir and taps of the nursing hostel were found “unfit for consumption”.

Man grounded

A passenger was detained for misbehaving with an air hostess and other passengers on board an Indian Airlines flight from Bangkok to Calcutta. The 32-year-old man was reportedly drunk and was deplaned for interrogation. He was later released.

Motorcycle theft

Two persons were arrested for motorcycle theft in Salt Lake on Wednesday night. Police said one of them was picked up from Shyambazar and produced before a magistrate. He is being interrogated, police said.

South African visit

A delegation from nine South African nations met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday to discuss investment prospects in Bengal. The delegation, including representatives from Angola, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, also met industries minister Nirupam Sen. South African high commissioner Maite E. Enkona said the countries were interested to invest in cement, small-scale industries, power generation, agricultural research and information technology.

Clarification

Dui Taranga, a Choopkatha production directed by Dolly Basu, was staged at Girish Mancha on Thursday, and not at the Academy of Fine Arts as announced in Time Out. The error is regretted. Dui Taranga will be staged at the Academy of Fine Arts on August 24.

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O GRSE ladies association for organising a health check-up camp and a painting contest for students of the Garden Reach area
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