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Panchayat role in healthcare

Calcutta, Oct. 15: As part of rural health reforms, the health department will from now on work in close co-ordination with the gram panchayats. Health secretary Asim Barman today said at Writers’ Buildings that this would better primary healthcare in the villages across Bengal.

According to him, there will be three health sub-centres and a health superviser in each of the 3,700-odd gram panchayat areas. “We want to build up healthcare awareness in rural areas working closely with the panchayats. This will help reach primary healthcare virtually on a door-to-door basis,” said Barman.

VHP men held

Behrampore: Altogether 65 members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were arrested from Reginagar and Khagra stations for boarding trains bound for Ayodhya. Police said they were all scheduled to attend the Friday march in the temple town.

Bodies found

Midnapore: Two bodies were recovered from the Chinra jungle in West Midnapore district. The dead, identified as Haru Raha and Shankar Dolui, both around 25 years old, were missing since Monday. They were wanted in connection with several cases, including the alleged molestation of a housewife.


Barasat: Mohammad Saifulla, a Bangladeshi national,was arrested from Haridaspur, bordering Petropole, for travelling without valid documents. On interrogation, he was found to have links with an extremist group.

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