Low-pressure belt triggers showers The city and its adjoining areas were lashed by thundershowers on Sunday evening and the weatherman warned of more rains on Monday. The showers brought down the temperature by around two degrees Celsius. Sharp showers were also reported from Howrah. Officials at the regional meteorological centre in Alipore said the low-pressure formation hovering over the Andaman Sea over the past three days had moved closer to the coast late on Sunday afternoon, causing the showers, and now lay over the west-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Andhra Pradesh. Also, a low-pressure trough is extending from the north-west Bay up to the Bengal coast.
Topsia trader abducted Nana, a local trader, was abducted on Sunday morning from a minibus stand on Topsia Road. District police said the abduction may have been masterminded by Sanjay, of Tantibagan, in the Phoolbagan area. Late in the evening, a shop-owner of Topsia claimed to have received an anonymous call demanding Rs 5 lakh for Nana’s release. The caller identified himself as an aide of Sanjay. Nana’s family told police that Sanjay and his gang had raided his office last week and beaten him up for refusing to cough up extortion money.
Auto holograms Auto-rickshaws without holograms issued by Calcutta Police will not be allowed to ply in the city from November 1. The process of distributing holograms will be completed by October 31, said a traffic department circular.
Kali puja ban Taruchhaya Club of Barasat has been denied permission by the district administration to hold Kali puja this year. The ban follows a police report to the district administration, stating that the club members have forced local residents to pay hefty subscriptions.
TO Calcutta International School students for painting the walls of a non-formal educational centre supported by CRY, in Titagarh