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The City Diary

Rs 20 lakh snatched from LIC workers

lCriminals forced two employees of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to part with Rs 14 lakh in cash and Rs 6 lakh in cheques at revolver-point while they were on their way to deposit the money at a local bank at Barasat Dakbungalow More on Wednesday evening. Police said the two employees had come out of the LIC building and were about to get into a waiting Ambassador to drive to the local branch of the Bank of India, when a car and a two-wheeler came in their way. Five youths with revolvers forced the two to part with the bag containing the money and the cheques. The employees registered a complaint with the police.

Theatre hall rent hike soon

The rents of state-run theatre halls will increase soon. The government has prepared a directive in this regard. There will be a sharp rise in the rents of Girish Mancha, Rabindra Sadan, Madhusudan Mancha and other halls as the government is “unable to continue paying subsidies”.

Criminal held

Police on Wednesday arrested Arvind Prasad, a criminal who operated in the Salt Lake-Lake Town area. There are several charges of murder and extortion against Prasad, police said.

Protest at hostel

Boarders of Rammohun Hostel on Amherst Street started a fast-unto-death on Wednesday to protest Calcutta University’s (CU) decision to close down the hostel. Recently, CU authorities decided to shut down the hostel. A notice has also been sent to City College in this regard.

Desilting sewers

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) decided to hand over the responsibility of desilting the city’s 75-km brick sewers and 1,200-km pipe sewers to private agencies. Announcing this on Wednesday, mayor Subrata Mukherjee said the CMC would save more than Rs 1 crore a year if desilting operations with jetting-cum-suction and Blo-vac machines were carried out by private agencies.

Clash over eviction

Trouble erupted at Bidhannagar railway station on Wednesday over hawker eviction at the station complex. A clash broke out between the hawkers and Railway Protection Force. Government Railway Police officers expressed dissatisfaction over the way the RPF launched the operation without informing them.

Bangla Victory Day

The Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh will host a cultural evening at Rabindra Sadan on December 16 to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Victory Day. Singers from Bangladesh will perform songs of Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and folk numbers.

Behala book fair

Behala Book Fair 2002 will be held from December 14 to 22 at Barisha High School grounds. The theme is South 24-Parganas.

Thumbs Up

O lions club of calcutta sanjeevani for organising an eye-screening camp where 350 poor patients were treated
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