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The City Diary

Power alert in north Calcutta

lPower supply in large areas of north Calcutta will remain suspended from 10 am to 12.30 pm on Thursday due to upgradation of CESC’s switchgear at the Sinthee distribution station on Thursday. As a result, power supply will be affected in Shyambazar, Raja Dinendra Street, Kali Charan Ghosh Road, Bediapara, parts of BT Road, Chiria More and Cossipore, among other places.

One killed as bus hits bike

A youth was killed and another was seriously injured in an accident at Joka on Wednesday night. Police said the motorcycle the two were riding was hit by a private bus. Both were taken to SSKM Hospital, where one of them died. The driver of the bus fled, leaving the vehicle behind.

Varsity protest

The Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association on Wednesday submitted a deputation to the varsity authorities, protesting the decision not to suspend head of the printing engineering department Alok Ghosh while a probe was on to find out whether he was guilty of assault charges brought against him by both teachers and students. Students of the JU Salt Lake campus on Tuesday boycotted classes, on similar grounds.

Fare hike

Officers of the Bengal Bus Syndicate, the apex organisation of bus owners, protested the government’s “unilateral decision” to hike fares. The bus strike, earlier scheduled for April 1, was deferred in view of the start of the Higher Secondary examination. Swarnakamal Saha, secretary of the organisation, said on Wednesday: “We do not support the new fares.” Most members of the organisation are of the opinion that instead of hiking fares, the government should cut down on the motor vehicle tax and the sales tax.

Khadim’s case

A division bench of Justice A. Talukdar and Justice P.N. Sinha on Wednesday rejected the bail prayers of Pintoo Mallik and three others arrested in connection with the murder of Rafiuddin Ahmed Khan, the accused who turned into approver in the Khadim’s abduction case. Appearing on behalf of Rafiuddin’s brother Jalaluddin, advocate Idris Ali told the court that if the accused was granted bail, his client’s life would be in danger. The newly-appointed additional public prosecutor Ashimesh Goswami, appearing on behalf of the state, opposed the bail plea.

Hotel privatisation

Tourism minister Dinesh Dakua on Wednesday said the government would start discussions with four private parties, who have shown an interest in taking over the state-run Great Eastern Hotel, from April. The government had invited a bid for which the last date is March 28. According to Dakua, Bharat Hotel, Badshah Hotel, Manish Financial Company (UK) and Hotel Singapore are in the fray.

Threat calls

A garment manufacturer lodged a complaint with the Amherst Street police station, stating that he was receiving calls demanding cash. The caller would ring up the businessman’s godown on Amherst Street.

Valuation Act

The Bidhannagar Welfare Association moved an appeal before the division bench of Justice A.K. Ganguly and Justice D.P. Sengupta, challenging the validity of the amendment of the Central Valuation Board Act.

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