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The City Diary

Trouble over Hidco flat lottery

lTrouble broke out in the Science City auditorium over a lottery, conducted by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco), to distribute flats on Thursday. Subir Chatterjee, officer in-charge, Tiljala police station, said around 3,000 applicants were vying for 147 flats. Those whose names did not figure in the lottery turned the heat on Hidco officials and even tried to smash the computers. One person was arrested and the lottery stalled. Officials will announce the next date of the lottery soon.

Solar heater in hospitals

The state government has decided to instal solar water heaters in all medical colleges and district hospitals in a bid to reduce electricity bills. The first such unit will be installed at SSKM Hospital on Friday. “Every day, 200 litres of hot water at a temperature of 95 degree Celsius will be available from the unit, which is the first of its kind in eastern India. The hospital need not pay for this,’’ said S.P. Gon Chowdhury, director, West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency.

Pandal damaged

The pandal of Adi Ballygunge Puja on Palm Avenue in south Calcutta caught fire on Thursday morning. Two fire-engines doused the blaze with the help of residents. Organisers of the Howrah Byayam Samity puja ordered fresh idols following a collision of trucks on Wednesday, in which two idols were destroyed.

Road mishaps

Three persons were injured in separate mishaps, on Thursday. A state bus knocked down a physically-challenged person near the CR Avenue-Bowbazar Street crossing. The unidentified man was rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. A school bus later hit a couple, Golap and Lakshmi Sau, near Mominpur, on Diamond Harbour Road.

Train flag-off

A new Jana Shatabdi Express will run between Howrah and Bhubaneswar from Saturday. Union railway minister Nitish Kumar will flag off the train.

Thumbs Up

O mata amritanandamayi devi for receiving the Gandhi-King award for spreading the message of non-violence through a network of charitable institutions
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