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The City Diary

Mayor makes peace at Corporation

Following mayor Subrata Mukherjee’s formula to bury the hatchet with his five dissident mayor-in-council members, municipal commissioner Debasis Som wrote to the home secretary on Tuesday, expressing his desire not to continue the criminal case against seven mayor-in-council members who had allegedly manhandled him in June. The seven members had been arrested on the basis of Som’s complaint. Five of the seven dissidents had been boycotting mayor-in-council (MIC) meeting since then, demanding Som’s removal. Leader of the dissidents Anup Chatterjee said they would join the MIC meeting from now.

Man run over near the Lakes

Sujay Chatterjee, 23, was run over on Tuesday afternoon by a bus on route 47/A. His friend, Partha Hazra, who was riding pillion, was seriously injured on Southern Avenue near Gol Park in the Lake police station area. According to police, both Sujay and Partha were moved to the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan, where Sujay was pronounced dead. Partha is under treatment. The former students of South City College were on their way back after a visit to the college campus. The driver fled with the vehicle.

Station booth case

Justice Pranab Kumar Chatterjee of Calcutta High Court on Tuesday passed an interim order of injunction on a notification issued by Eastern Railway, seeking applications for the ownership of telephone booths in different stations in the Sealdah division. The court passed the order on the basis of the petition filed by Kamal Karun and other handicapped persons, who had already been allotted booths by the railways over the past three years. This year the railway authorities were not renewing their licences, the petitioners alleged. The court fixed the case for hearing after six weeks.

Takeover offer

The state government will hand over the Behala and Garfa pumping stations, now maintained by the Calcutta Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority to the Corporation, urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya said on Tuesday. He met mayor Subrata Mukherjee during the day and asked him to arrange for the takeover of water supply and other civic services at the Baishnabghata-Patuli township as it had been completed.

Meritorious duo

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday met two meritorious students who could not pursue their studies due to poverty at Writers’ Buildings and promised them help. Naseem Ali Mondol, a resident of Basirhat, on the northern fringes of the city, has obtained 844 in the Higher Secondary exams this year. Son of a biri-binder, Naseem wants to study physics and has not opted for engineering or medical streams despite qualifying for both. He wants to be a teacher and help the poor in his locality. Sovon Pal, a resident of Baruipur, on the southern fringes of the city, wants to be a mechanical engineer. He skipped a year, not being able to afford studies. Bhattacharjee promised Sovon free education and stay.

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