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The City Diary

Mayor offers civic markets on lease

The cash-strapped Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) has decided to offload the burden of running 23 civic markets, except New Market. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Monday offered to lease out the markets to the respective traders’ associations. The CMC spends Rs 4 crore every year on the maintenance of the civic markets, while its earning from them is less than Rs 1 crore.

Fee-hike rally by guardians

Guardians of more than 16 Anglo-Indian schools, led by the United Guardian’s Forum, will take out a rally on Tuesday from Loreto Day School, Eliot Road, at 2 pm and submit memorandums to the chief minister and the Governor against the tuition-fee hike.

Vendor run over

Rabin Hazra, a newspaper vendor residing on Garden Reach Road, was run over by a trailer on Monday morning near Metiabruz. Hazra, on a bicycle, was on his way to distribute newspapers in the locality. He is survived by his parents, wife and two children. In protest against reckless driving by heavy vehicles, vendors in the area did not distribute the morning papers on Monday.

Barrister mourned

The death of barrister Ranadev Chowdhury was mourned at Calcutta High Court on Monday. The functioning of the court remained suspended after 11.15 am as the advocates and barristers stayed away from work to pay homage to Chowdhury, who died on Sunday. Born in 1907 in Calcutta, Chowdhury was called to the high court Bar when he was 25. He was the first senior advocate from Calcutta High Court to be offered the gown by the Supreme Court and founder of the Jogesh Chandra Law College in south Calcutta.

Hospital staff

Appointments were made to the posts of storekeeper and laboratory technician at the B.C. Roy Memorial Hospital for Children on Monday. The former employees were transferred out of the hospital for disciplinary reasons, following a large number of baby deaths in the hospital earlier this month.

Showroom bombed

Two persons were injured when criminals hurled bombs at a motorbike showroom on Sadananda Road, in Kalighat, on Sunday night. Police said the criminals came in a taxi. Raids are on to nab the culprits.

Fire in factory

A fire broke out in the godown of a hosiery factory on Sovabazar Street on Monday. Fire brigade sources said the cause of the blaze was not known. No one was injured.

IA regional chief

M.S.Balakrishnan, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, returned to the city after 32 years to take over as regional director (east) of Indian Airlines. Balakrishnan, 53, was general manager (planning) at the corporate headquarters, New Delhi. He was also involved in the conceptualisation and planning of the new domestic terminal which was commissioned in Calcutta in 1994.

Tram accident

On Monday morning, three passengers were injured when the tram they were travelling in was hit by a minibus at Esplanade. Police said the minibus was trying to overtake from the wrong side. The accident caused an hour-long traffic jam. The driver of the minibus managed to flee.

Bypass mishap

Five persons were seriously injured when their Ambassador was hit by a Calcutta Surface Transport Corporation bus on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. Police said all the injured persons were admitted to a hospital in Salt Lake.

Governor-CM meet

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattcharjee paid a courtesy visit to Governor M.M. Rajendran on Monday. Bhattacharjee went to Raj Bhavan at 6.30 pm and stayed with the Governor for more than an hour, official sources said.

Thumbs Up

O rotary club of calcutta inner-city for donating eight sewing machines to physically-challenged women of the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Beleghata
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