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The City Diary

Private units averse to joint venture: CM

hief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra at the inauguration of new units at SSKM Hospital on Thursday. Picture by Aranya Sen lChief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has called for more government-private sector collaboration for creating “centres of excellence” in city hospitals and the rest of the state on Thursday. “We are laying more emphasis on research, which can be done with the technology we are introducing in government hospitals. Preventive medicine, rather than cure, tops our plans,” Bhattacharya said, while criticising private groups for not coming forward for increased government-private sector partnership. The chief minister inaugurated a neonatal unit, a molecular hepatology laboratory for research work and a plastic and micro-vascular surgery unit in association with Westbank Hospital, a private hospital in Howrah.

Two killed in road mishaps

Two persons were killed while one was seriously injured in two separate road accidents in North 24 Parganas on Thursday. According to police, Debashish Kundu, 33, was killed at Birati on Thursday noon when the bike he was riding was hit by a truck coming from the opposite side. One of his companions riding pillion was seriously injured and was admitted to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. In another incident, an unidentified youth was hit by a truck at Green Park, near the airport. He died on the spot, police said.

Court shift case

A petition, against the shifting of one of the units of the Calcutta District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum from its present location at Bhabani Bhavan to an eight-storeyed building (which has a bar-cum-restaurant) on Lindsay Street, was admitted to Calcutta High Court on Tuesday. The petitioners have attached a report prepared by forum members, which recommended against the shift because of the “unsafe surroundings with immoral activities going on” at the new location. The court will hear the case next Monday.

Budget session

The Budget session of the Assembly will start from March 5. Parliamentary affairs minister Prabodh Sinha said apart from the Budget, financial allocations to each government department will be placed during the session. The next Assembly session will begin in June, he said.

Minibus threat

The Minibus Operators’ Co-ordinaton Committee has demanded immediate formation of an expert committee to solve the crisis faced by minibus owners, following the hike in diesel prices. In a press statement, Abashesh Dan, general secretary of the committee, said although diesel price has increased by Rs 2.62, the fare has remained unchanged. He said if the state government did not form the expert committee, promised by the transport minister, and solved the problem, minibus owners will stop operations if diesel prices are increased again.

New medical unit

A peritoneal dialysis centre was inaugurated at AMRI-Apollo Hospital. It is supported by Baxter, a multinational healthcare company specialising in renal medicine.

Thumbs Up

O hope foundation for organising a carnival for underprivileged and challenged children and offspring of sex workers at Nicco Park on Friday
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