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Cable coalition to book defaulters

Alarmed at the rising incidence of their member franchisees defecting to other service providers, leaving behind huge outstandings, the 30-odd cable TV master control rooms (MCRs) of Calcutta have joined hands to bring the defaulters to book. In a meeting attended by representatives of 27 city MCRs on Monday, it was decided that such "rogue operators" won't be allowed to go scot-free any more. The MCR cartel decreed that in case a cableman crosses over to another multi-system operator (MSO) without clearing his dues to the master control room concerned, the MSO "sheltering" the defaulter, will be asked to either clear his outstandings to the pay broadcasters, or disconnect the defaulter. "If the MSO refuses to oblige, not only the affected master control room, but also all others would stop payment to their respective umbrella MSOs in sympathy," said a member of the MCR alliance. The coalition will inform all the three MSOs in the city and the pay channels about its decision “within three days”.

Developing Mullickghat

A committee set up by the state government submitted a Rs 18-crore project on Monday to develop the Mullickghat flower market into an international flower trade hub. A member of the committee, CPM MLA Sudhansu Sil, who submitted the project to industries minister Nirupam Sen, said it included a state-of-the-art market complex with air-conditioned storehouses for flowers, shops for display of ware, conference rooms, guesthouses and modern telecommunication facility. Sil said flowers are exported to Amsterdam and Sharjah from Mullickghat.

Bus accident

Thirty-one passengers, including 21 women and children, of a Digha-bound bus from Salt Lake, were injured on Monday after the vehicle lost control and fell into a ditch at Uluberia. Police said all the injured were taken to Uluberia hospital where 20 were released after first-aid. Eleven passengers, who were in a serious condition, were transferred to city hospitals.

Protest meet

Members of the West Bengal Home Guards Association met the superintendent of police of South 24-Parganas on Monday to protest the alleged ill treatment by additional superintendent of police (rural) B. Garg of two of its members. A spokesperson of the association said they will move the state Human Rights Commission and also inform Civil Defence minister Srikumar Mukherjee. Two home guards, Nawal Kishore Singh and Baburam Sardar, posted in the office of the ASP alleged that they were ordered to polish Garg’s shoes. He beat them up when they refused. Garg has denied the allegation.

Youth event

A two-day regional level Youth Parliament Competition is being held at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William. The inauguration took place on Monday.

Power theft

CESC on Monday disconnected illegal power connections to 19 leather goods units at Tangra.

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