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Power cut halts SSKM surgery

A CESC cable fault forced surgeons of the urology department of the SSKM Hospital to stop a surgical process midway on Wednesday afternoon. According to hospital's surgeon superintendent Deb Dwaipayan Chattopadhyay, the operation was stalled for nearly 15 minutes, but as power was restored fast there was no trouble. “Everything was quickly brought under control and the surgery went off well. The patient is also doing well,” Chattopadhyay said.

Traffic jams in central city

Traffic was disrupted in several parts of the city on Wednesday owing to demonstrations and vehicular malfunction. Central Calcutta district Congress members put up a roadblock in the afternoon at the Moulali crossing to protest the deaths of children in Murshidabad. The effigy of health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra was burnt. On APC Road in Shyambazar, SUCI supporters put up a roadblock in front of the CESC building to protest power tariff hike. In the Beckbagan area, a crane broke down on its way to the construction site of the flyover resulting in traffic congestion in the adjacent AJC Bose Road, Ballygunge Circular Road and Sarat Bose Road. In a fourth incident, a tramcar jumped the tracks in the morning at the Central Avenue-Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing, causing traffic congestion.

Boy run over

A 12-year-old boy was killed and his younger brother received serious injuries when a minibus knocked them down on CIT Road in the Entally police station area on Wednesday evening. According to police, the accident occurred at the intersection of CIT Road and Deb Lane when Kallu Roy along with his younger brother Guddu were crossing the road. The driver of the killer bus managed to flee after the accident. Kallu died on the spot, crushed under the wheels of the bus. His brother Guddu was rushed to Nilratan Sirkar Medical College and Hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical.

Madhyamik 2004

Selection tests for students who have applied for appearing in Madhyamik 2004 as external candidates will begin on July 8, said officials of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. The examinations will continue till July 11. Candidates can collect their registration certificates from their respective schools after June 27.

Fee-hike protest

Twenty-nine former medical teachers, most of whom acted as departmental heads at the city’s four under-graduate medical colleges, have appealed to chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to do away with the decision to reserve 15 per cent seats in medical colleges for those paying hefty capitation fees. They have also protested the hike in tuition fees for the other students.

Electricity raid

CESC officials with the help of the local police arrested six persons in different parts of the city on Wednesday on charges of power theft. Two persons each were arrested in Entally, Radha Madhab Ghose Lane and Jodhpur Park.

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