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Amita Sen dies

Santiniketan, Aug. 22: Amita Sen, the mother of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, died here this morning after protracted illness. She was 93.

Amita Sen is survived by son Amartya and daughter Supurna Dutta. She was the author of several books on Rabindranath Tagore and Santiniketan. District superintendent of police Sanjay Singh said Amartya Sen would arrive here on Wednesday. “He is arriving on Wednesday. The cremation,however, will take place tomorrow at Santiniketan burning ghat.”

Student ire

Krishnagar: Around 1,000 students of Oriental High School in Nadia gheraoed the local police station and put up road blocks on NH-34 on Monday in protest against an assault on them allegedly by CPM activists while agitating over the transfer of the school’s headmaster. The students of the school in Shantipur, 70 km from Calcutta, blamed some teachers for the transfer and called for a boycott of classes. When a group of youths, said to be CPM workers, entered the school and asked them to call off the boycott, it led to a scuffle.

Body found

Krishnagar: The body of a Bangladesh national was fished out of Mathabhanga river at Sikarpur in Nadia this morning. Border Security Force officials said the body belonged to one of the four Bangladeshis who were trying cross the river into India last Saturday.

Health centre

Barasat: A group of people of Dima village at Gaighata in North 24-Parganas on Monday gheraoed the office of the chief medical officer of health here after the district health department decided to close down the only health centre of the village.

Strike by SFI

Calcutta: The Students’ Federation of India ' the CPM’s student wing 'will observe a countrywide students’ strike on August 24 in protest against the Centre’s move to allow privatisation of education in the country.


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