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The City Diary

Insecticide puts 14 kids in hospital

Fourteen children were taken ill on Saturday night at Bharatmata Colony, in the Dasnagar police station area of Howrah, when they consumed insecticide by mistake. Police said one of the boys found a bottle of oil on the banks of a nearby pond. He took the bottle home and enjoyed a meal, along with 13 of his friends, cooked in the same oil. Soon after, the children started vomiting and the situation turned so grave that they had to be rushed to Howrah State General Hospital. The doctors on the case found that the oil was an insecticide to kill mosquitoes. According to hospital sources, five of the 14 children have been released on Sunday morning, but others are still under observation. They are, however, reported to be out of danger.

Woman killed by govt bus

A 35-year-old unidentified woman was killed when a government bus knocked her down at the crossing of Rashbehari Avenue. Police said the victim was trying to cross the road when the mishap occurred. Later, police arrested the driver of the killer bus and impounded his vehicle.

Freedom fighter

Veteran freedom fighter Pushpalata Das of Assam died at a city nursing home on Sunday of multi-organ failure. She was 89. Das was admitted to Woodlands Nursing Home on October 26, but her condition deteriorated by the day. For the past four days, she had been on a ventilator, said Rizwan Sadek, one of the specialists treating her in hospital.

Pulse polio

The sub-national immunisation day on pulse polio was observed in Calcutta and elsewhere in the state on Sunday. On the first day, children below five years were taken to the 1,259 booths across the city for their dose of pulse polio.

Thumbs Up


TO CENTRAL GOVT PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION for deciding to organise an eye and body donation camp at Baranagar

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