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Planet Mars to come calling

On August 27, Mars will approach closer to earth than at any time in the past 59,540 years. Positional Astronomy Centre (PAC) officials said on Monday that Mars will be 55.758 million km away from earth at its closest approach. It will be visible in the eastern sky from the evening till the next day before sunrise. The planet will be visible for the same period during the next couple of months too. The planet will shine brighter in the sky and appear bigger through the telescope than at any time in the past 600 centuries. PAC has planned to take telescopic observations on different visual aspects of the Martian surface. The next such close approach will occur in 2729 AD when the distance will be 55.651 million km.

Tax tactics draw Opp flak

Congress leader in the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) Sailen Dasgupta on Tuesday said that the method in which mayor Subrata Mukherjee was collecting tax dues by pasting posters on private properties, government buildings and shops was an expression of his “bad taste”. According to Dasgupta, the method was not befitting a prestigious organisation such as the CMC, and dragged the civic body to the level of an ordinary shop. He argued that Mukherjee would surely not appreciate it if retired CMC employees or contractors, who had not received their dues, started pasting similar posters on the gates of the mayor’s office, accusing the CMC of “defaulting”. Mukherjee has been pasting posters on private and government-owned buildings, including retail outlets and educational institutions, for failing to pay taxes to the civic body.

Power thefts

Five persons have been arrested in various parts of the city and the suburbs for power thefts over the past 24 hours. A CESC spokesperson said two people were arrested and 40 illegal connections cut off at Chhota Kalikapur in the Maheshtala area. In another drive in the Thakurpukur area, one person was arrested and 15 illegal connections cut off. In Rishra, two were arrested on charges of power theft, the spokesperson said.

Pandal action

Police on Tuesday stopped construction of a pandal at Bosepukur in Kasba close to the Kasba police station since the organisers had not obtained permission for holding Durga Puja there. Since the pandal was illegal the police asked the organisers to stop construction.

Pirated discs

The vigilance department of the Enforcement Branch seized about 5,000 pirated audio and video compact discs worth Rs 2 lakh from the Chandni Chowk market in central Calcutta on Monday evening. Two persons selling the pirated CDs were arrested during the raid.

Criminal caught

Pandit Jha, a criminal, was arrested on Monday night at Dakshindari in Lake Town. A few weeks ago, he had injured a constable by throwing bombs at him in the same area. The constable was part of a patrol group that was chasing him.

Flesh trade

A 30-year-old widow was arrested at KC Block of Salt Lake under the Bidhannagar South police station on Monday night for running a prostitution ring. Police raided the house and arrested four men aged between 38 and 42, and 20 female sex-workers — all of them aged below 20 years. No minor girls were found in the flat during the raid, police said.

Fake currency

Forty-year-old Muneer Khan was arrested at Mongolahat in Howrah late on Sunday night. Fake currency worth Rs 8,000 was found in his possession. Police obtained Rs 500 and Rs 100 notes from him.

Platform clash

Two factions of Citu clashed on the platform of Palta station on Tuesday morning. About 60 people hurled bricks and bottles at each other for over an hour. Four bystanders were injured, according to K. Jairaman, additional superintendent of police, Barrackpore. Train services were not affected.

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TO GRSE Ladies Association for organising a painting competition for poor children in the Metiabruz-Garden Reach locality

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