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Medical students protest berth jam

Counselling of medical students at the Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall of Indian Museum ended in chaos on Wednesday with Central Selection Committee chairperson and Medical College and Hospital principal Jayashree Mitra being forced to leave through the back door to escape the ire of successful Joint Entrance Examination candidates who failed to get a medical college berth. Police had to lathicharge students, assembled under the banner of All-Bengal Medical Students’ Action Forum, to clear Mitra’s path. The organisation has lined up an agitation at Medical College and Hospital on Thursday, to follow up on a recent PIL filed in Calcutta High Court to protest the decision to reserve seats for capitation-fee students.

Twin suicides by hanging

Pampa Das, 20, was found hanging from the ceiling of a bedroom at her in-laws’ in Barasat on Wednesday. Her husband was interrogated in this connection. The body has been sent for a postmortem. In another incident, Pulin Chandra Dey, 57, allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday night at the Military Engineering Service office on Ballygunge Circular Road by hanging himself from the ceiling of an abandoned room. The body was found on Wednesday morning when Dey’s colleagues went looking for him after he did not turn up for duty, police said.

Cyclist run over

A 26-year-old cyclist was run over by a lorry on Wednesday morning on NSC Bose Road, in the Regent Park police station area. The youth was declared brought dead at MR Bangur Hospital. The lorry driver fled, leaving the vehicle.

Cop knocked down

Traffic sergeant B.B. Majhi was injured at the BB Ganguly Street-CR Avenue crossing when a taxi knocked him down on Wednesday afternoon. He was taken to Medical College and Hospital. The taxi-driver was arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Part II results

Results of B.A and B.Sc Part II (general and vocational) examinations of Calcutta University for 2003 will be announced on Thursday. More than 19,000 students wrote the tests held in May.

Campus strike

Students of 17 private engineering colleges, affiliated to the West Bengal University of Technology, will observe a strike on Thursday to protest some university rules, which will cause 253 candidates on the rolls to lose a year.

Trade licence fee

At a meeting with trade bodies on Wednesday, municipal affairs minister Asok Bhattacharya said the new bill on trade licence fee would not be hiked to a uniform Rs 2,500. “There will be different slabs of trade licence fee — the lowest being Rs 250 and the ceiling Rs 2,500 — according to the nature of business. There will be very few who will have to pay Rs 2,500,” explained mayor Subrata Mukherjee.

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TO Lions Club of Calcutta Sanjeevani and Shradha Eyecare for organising a free eye IOL operation camp, benefiting 106 people

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