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Rajdhani timings changed again

The arrival and departure times of 2301 Up Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express via Gaya and the subsequent Down train, and 2313 Up Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and the Down train will be changed from July 1. The decision was taken after the Railway Protection Force’s intelligence wing informed the Railway Board about the possibility of sabotage on the tracks. “The new timings will be enforced from July 1,” said Subhas Ranjan Thakur, chief operations manager, Eastern Railway. Thakur said the speed of Rajdhani was reduced from 110 kph to 75 kph on the section between Koderma and Dehri-on-Sone of East Central Railway. As per the new timings, 2301 Up Howrah-Rajdhani Express via Gaya, which runs six days a week, will leave Howrah at 4.15 pm instead of 5 pm. The 2302 Down will arrive at Howrah at 10.45 am instead of 9.55 pm. The 2313 Up Sealdah-Rajdhani Express will leave Sealdah at 4.35 pm instead of 4.55 pm. The 2314 Down train will arrive at Sealdah at 10.45 am in place of 10.15 am. Officials said 11 other mail and express trains would also be slowed down. hakur said no trains would arrive or depart from Howrah station on September 13 for the remodelling of the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) cabin. Trains will be partially run from Howrah station on September 12 for the same reason. While all mail and express trains will be cancelled and no reservations booked, some pairs of local trains would be terminated at and originated from Liluah, Bally and Dankuni stations.

Minister sticks to pandal guns

State fire services minister Pratim Chatterjee on Thursday reiterated that it would be mandatory for puja organisers to submit layout plans of their pandals while seeking permission from the government. The organisers will also have to ensure that they submit their illumination plans. The illumination plan has to be approved by a licensed electrician. The minister, however, promised that the organisers will not be asked to disclose the theme on which they were planning their pandals. Several organisers had recently met the minister and expressed their unwillingness to submit the pandal plan. They feared this would disclose their themes to their rivals. he government has prepared a list of inflammable materials which will not be permitted to be used for decorating a pandal. Such materials include dry grass, hogla reeds, golpata, bamboo strips, untreated tarpaulin, polythene and canvases. The minister said the government released an order last week announcing the inclusion of the new restrictions imposed on erection of pandals under the rules of the West Bengal Fire Services Act, 1956. He said violation will attract six years’ imprisonment or a fine of Rs 50,000.


Chandan Dutta, a 32-year old resident of Kali Charan Ghosh Road, in the Cossipore police station area, committed suicide on Thursday afternoon, by setting himself ablaze. Chandan first slit a vein on his right wrist and then soaked himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire, the police said. Fire tenders had to be called in as the first floor of the premises was engulfed in flames. Chandan was rushed to RG Kar hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Man murdered

Siddheswar Singh, 45, was murdered early on Thursday in Kantapukur, in Jagaddal police station area. A local youth, Guddu, who was allegedly having an affair with Singh’s daughter, is the suspect. Singh had arranged his daughter’s wedding with a man from Bihar. The marriage was scheduled for Friday.

Ex-cop kills self

A 76-year-old former police officer jumped off the rooftop of his three-storeyed house on Molonga Lane, in Bowbazar police station area. The deceased was identified as Moloy Ghosh. Police said, Ghosh, who was an assistant commissioner, was ill for two years.

Shot dead

A 28-year-old watchman of a housing complex, Uttam Pramanik, was shot dead on Wednesday night at Jessore Road, in the Lake Town police station area. Two youths fired at him from a pipegun.

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TO West Bengal AIDS Control Society and the Social Welfare Department for putting up nine kiosks manned by recovering addicts to spread awareness on Anti-Drugs Day

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