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The City Diary

Crackers burst indoors, two hurt

Two persons were injured on Friday afternoon when a firecracker, hurled from outside, exploded inside a house in Barasat, on the northern fringes of the city. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital. In a similar incident in Belghoria, a firecracker burst inside a house after a Kali puja celebration went awry. No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Rain cloud over weekend

The Alipore Met office has indicated that there might be heavy showers in parts of the city on Saturday. Kusum Kumar Chakraborty, deputy director-general of meteorology, said Calcutta would remain cloudy. There might be widespread rain in Gangetic Bengal, he added.

BSNL centres

BSNL will keep its five collection centres — Ballygunge Place, Satyabala Hospital in Howrah, Behala Exchange, Barrackpore and Salt Lake — open over the weekend, to distribute Cell One SIM cards to its customers. “We can’t start the service without all the customers getting these new cards,” an official said on Friday.

Train services hit

Train services in South Eastern Railway’s Kharagpur division were severely hit on Friday, after the vendor coach of a Down Kharagpur-Howrah EMU local train derailed between Phuleswar and Chengail stations. Officials said the incident occurred at around 12.56 pm. There were no injuries reported. Several Howrah-bound long-distance trains, including the Geetanjali, Coromandel and East Coast expresses, arrived nearly four hours late at Howrah station. Howrah-Tatanagar Steel Express left Howrah station behind schedule. Several local trains were also cancelled, officials said. The services on the Down line were restored towards evening.

Teen injured

A 14-year-old boy from Titagarh, near Barrackpore, on the northern fringes of the city, was seriously injured while he was trying to make firecrackers by putting the explosive ingredients in a kitchen-mixer. The appliance burst, hurting the boy. He was rushed to RG Kar Hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical.

Found dead

Tarapada Mondol, 60, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his house, at Pyarabagan, on Friday morning. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared brought dead, police said. Mondol was suffering from a physical ailment.

Prisoner plea

Inmates of Presidency jail have submitted a memorandum to superintendent S.R.Hussain to allow them to observe bhai phonta on Monday, as they do every year. The jail authorities have intensified security arrangements in the wake of last month’s Dum Dum Central jail break.

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TO Dakshin Purba Dhakuria Puja committee and Lions club of Behala for distributing school uniforms among 139 deaf and mute students

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