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Art college students withdraw strike

Students of the Government College of Art and Craft, who had boycotted their classes from August 8 to protest the indifference of the authorities to their dilapidated hostel at 20 Jadulal Mallik Road, temporarily withdrew their strike on Wednesday. The students decided to withdraw their agitation after Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Narendrapur, which is the landlord of the hostel building, last Saturday started repairing the bathrooms which were falling apart. The students were waiting for the Ashram to do this. On Thursday morning, a nine-member team of educationists, artists, doctors and architects will visit the hostel to see for themselves the conditions prevailing there. Students will submit their report to the higher education department for further action. They will resume their movement if they are not satisfied with the repairs.

Rallies clog city traffic

Traffic movement came to a standstill for over three hours on Wednesday afternoon in central Calcutta following a string of rallies and meetings called by different organisations. The agitators who held the meetings blocked major roads like BB Ganguly Street, Ganesh Chandra Avenue and College Street for hours ignoring police instructions. Subsequently, about 500 agitators were arrested at different places. Police rounded up 399 Trinamul Congress supporters, including 94 women, who held a meeting under the leadership of Ajit Panja on BB Ganguly street, blocking traffic movement on the entire stretch for three hours from1 pm. Owners and operators of vans carrying schoolchildren staged a roadblock on Wednesday morning at Thakurpukur protesting the government decision not to allow the vans to ply. Trinamul Congress leader Shakti Mondal led the agitation. The blockade caused traffic jam in the area for more than two hours.

Servant picked up

A servant, who was absconding for the past one month after cleaning out his landladyís apartment in the Ballygunge area, was arrested on Wednesday. Madan Mandal, the accused, was picked up from a road-side eatery by plainclothes policemen. A police team had raided his house in Jharkhand but failed to trace him. Mandalís relativesí house in Kakdwip, South 24-Parganas, too, was raided. Gold jewellery was recovered from there.

Puja special

To clear the rush of passengers during the ensuing puja, the South Eastern Railway will run the first-ever puja special towards Mangalore via Madgaon (Goa). Eight pairs of this special train will run every Saturday from Howrah station and every Tuesday from Mangalore station between October 12 and December 3, this year. This weekly special will leave Howrah station every Saturday at 6 pm, reaching Madgaon at 3.05 p.m. and Mangalore at 9 pm on Monday. Calcutta-bound, the train will leave Mangalore every Tuesday at 6 am, reaching Madgaon at 11 am the same day and Howrah at 12.40 pm on Thursday. The train will have 10 sleeper class , one AC 3-tier and one AC 2-tier coaches along with a pantry car.

Airport arrest

CISF jawans arrested Sunil Shah, 20, when he tried to enter the protected area of Dum Dum airport on Wednesday morning. CISF sources said the man had come from Kalyanpur village, in Bihar, in search of a job. The CISF later handed over Shah to the airport police station.

Body found

Thakurpukur police on Wednesday recovered the body of an unidentified young man with bullet injuries. Police said miscreants left the body in a building under construction after killing him. Investigation is on, sources said.

IBM meeting

IBM representatives met city academics on Wednesday to draw up a state-specific IT education programme. Organised by the technical education department, in association with the Indus Institute of Information Management, the seminar was presided over by technical education minister Md. Salim.

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