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The City Diary

Buddha faith in govt healthcare policy

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday said the state government pursued a comprehensive healthcare system. Inaugurating the 55th annual conference of the Cardiological Society of India in the city, Bhattacharjee said his government was directing its efforts towards raising the standards of cardiological services in different government hospitals. He said there was special emphasis on setting up modern integrated cardiology units in all the peripheral teaching hospitals of the state. The state-run teaching institutions in Calcutta and the Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Kalyani have full-fledged departments of cardiology and cardio-thoracic surgery with modern intensive coronary care units. Bhattacharjee also stressed how his government was encouraging the private sector to set up general and specialised hospitals. State health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra expressed concern over growing cardiac diseases.

Next date for Taslima case

The defamation case against Bangladeshi novelist Taslima Nasreen by city-based poet Syed Hasmat Jalal in Calcutta High Court was adjourned for the second time on Wednesday. Justice Jayanta Biswas fixed the next hearing for December 8. The earlier order of the court prohibiting the publisher from publishing, selling and marketing the book Dwikhandita by Nasreen will be extended till the next hearing. Meanwhile, the publisher has decided to file a writ challenging the recent order of the state government banning the book.

Power theft

The owner of a rubber factory was arrested on Thursday for using unauthorised power. A team from the CESC’s loss-control unit detected the pilferage of electricity by way of meter tampering at the factory n Mathur Babu Lane. According to a CESC spokesperson, owner of the factory, Prakash Pandey, was arrested.

Housewife suicide

A housewife, Geeta Basu, 31, committed suicide at her residence in Naihati on the northern fringes of the city on Wednesday night. Police said she set herself on fire. Geeta’s parents have complained that she was being subjected to torture ever since her marriage. Police are now on the lookout for her absconding in-laws.

Run over by train

Avijit Bhattacharjee, a 35-year-old Border Security Force jawan, was run over by a Barrackpore-bound train on Wednesday night at Titagarh station. According to police, Bhattacharjee was walking along the track when the train entered the station. Bhattacharjee tried to jump to safety but failed.

Man kills self

An engineer of a private organisation, G. Pawan Kumar, 24, committed suicide at his residence in Salt Lake on Wednesday night. Police said Kumar’s body was recovered from his bedroom, hanging from the ceiling. Depression might have led him to commit suicide, police said. A suicide note was found. Kumar was staying at the place for the past two months with his colleague.

Top cop dies

Former city police commissioner P.K. Sen died at his residence in south Calcutta on Thursday. He was 91. He is survived by his son and daughter. Sen was the commissioner of police from 1964 to 1970.

Shop burgled

Mira Electronics, a Hutch Teleshop in Shahidpara of Sonarpur was burgled late on Wednesday. Around 29 handsets of Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson, Samsung and Sony, costing approximately Rs 2 lakh, and Rs 5,000 in cash were reported missing.

Italian investment

Several Italian firms were waiting for the commissioning of the Bantala leather complex to finalise their investment plans in Bengal, Italian leather industry officials said on Thursday. “Their plans will take a concrete shape once the Bantala complex is fully commissioned,” said Mario Pucci, international relations manager, National Association of Italian Manufacturers of Footwear Leathergoods and Trading Machinery. A team met the chief minister on Thursday.

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TO Llions Club of Calcutta sanjee-vani for organising a free health check-up camp at Shraddha Eye Care in New Alipore, at which 400 patients were treated

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