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Stay extended for SARS suspect

The expert medical committee formed to oversee the treatment of SARS patients in the state has decided to monitor the condition of Jamil Ahmed, a resident of Watgunge, for a few more days. Ahmed, the lone patient in the special isolation ward at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, in Beleghata, is serving a quarantine period after undergoing treatment for SARS. The decision to defer Ahmedís release was taken after the WHO, through the Central government, said only Jamilís seemed to be a genuine SARS case. Director of medical education C.R. Maity, while announcing this on Monday, said the 100-bed SARS ward will remain in the hospital unless a fresh directive came from the Centre.

SLET results on Thursday

The results of the state level eligibility test (SLET) for the recruitment of lecturers in state-aided colleges in the state will be announced on May 15, Ajit Banik, chairman of the West Bengal College Service Commission said on Monday. As many as 5,723 examinees have appeared in the exam, the chairman said.

Naples invitation

Rosa Iervolino, mayor of Naples, invited Calcutta mayor Subrata Mukherjee as a guest from the city of Mother Teresa to be present in Italy at the ceremony to name the square in Naples after the Mother on June 14. In the letter she also expressed her desire to sign an MoU on a twin-city agreement in respect of social, cultural and economic cooperation between Calcutta and Naples.

Forest awards

The third annual Green Guards awards will be given to protectors of forests and the environment by Junglees, an NGO working in the field of nature conservation. The award will encompass the 91 national parks of India, Raja Chatterjee, secretary of the organisation said on Monday. Twenty-five awards will be given away later this year for best anti-poaching operations, natural habitat conservation, best protected wildlife reserve, best reporting on wildlife issues and corporate support for wildlife conservation. Awards will also be given to the best protector of forests for outstanding individual feat. Writer and founder president of Junglees, Buddhadeb Guha, actress Rupa Ganguly and principal chief conservator of forests Atanu Raha were present at the press conference.

Workers killed

Two workers of the Calcutta Leather Complex in Bhangore were killed and four others injured on Monday when a portion of the roof of a building caved in. Police said the incident occurred when the workers, engaged by the owner of a factory, were at work. A search has been launched for the owner so that the workers get a compensation.

Fire at college

A fire broke out on Monday at a laboratory in one of the buildings housing the chemistry department at Rajabazar Science College. Officials said the fire broke out when a student was performing an experiment with inflammable substances. A fire engine extinguished it in a few minutes.

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TO Medical Service Centre and University College of Medicine for organising a panel discussion on SARS
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