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Saplings for trees lost to flyovers

State transport minister Subhas Chakraborty on Wednesday said at Writers’ Buildings that the state government would plant 2,050 saplings in the city to make up for the lost trees which had to be cut down due to construction of flyovers on AJC Bose Road and Park Street. About 410 trees had to be cut down by the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners, the implementing agency of the flyover projects. The government will initiate the sapling-planting programme at a function in mid-September. The transport minister said in this connection that the stretch below the AJC Bose Road flyover would be completed by the end of 2003.

Twin hoax calls at airport

The office of the Airport Authority at NSC Bose International airport on Wednesday received two anonymous calls where the caller claimed that a plane would be hijacked. One of the calls was received at 2.10 pm and the next call followed at 2.26 pm. Officials went on the alert and security was beefed up. However, nothing suspicious was found, and officials have concluded that both were hoax calls. Police are trying to locate the caller.

Puja bookings

Eastern Railway authorities will start on Thursday bookings on the 35 pairs of special trains that will be running to New Delhi, Dehra Dun and Bikaner, said an Eastern Railway spokesperson.

Computer spares

Computer spares, worth Rs 1.5 lakh, were recovered by officers of Madhyamgram police station from a Calcutta State Transport Corporation bus which was coming to Calcutta from Basirhat, police said. The bus was searched on the basis of a tip-off. The booty was found under a seat. However, no arrests were made in this connection since none of the passengers claimed the goods.

Body found

The body of a 19-year-old youth, identified as Suman Das, was found on a road at Pramodnagar, in Dum Dum, on Wednesday morning. Local people found the body and informed the police. A deep wound was found on his forehead. Das had criminal links, police said. However, no one was arrested in this connection.

Power cut protest

A mob ransacked the office of the West Bengal State Electricity Board at Baruipur, on the city’s southern fringes, on Wednesday. They alleged that employees at the office did not attend to their complaints during power cuts. Power failures were becoming increasingly prolonged on the city’s southern fringes over the past few months, they added.

Road mishap

Two persons were killed and four injured when a loaded truck and a cycle van collided at Habra, on Jessore Road, on Wednesday morning. The two vehicles collided at the level-crossing between Guma and Habra stations. One of the deceased was identified as Laxmi Narayan Manna, 32. The truck was going towards Bongaon from the city. The injured have been admitted to the Habra rural hospital.

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