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Since 1st March, 1999
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Calcutta Column

Porter nightmare at rail stations

After 10 pm, hoodlums, pimps, pickpockets and unruly porters take over Howrah and Sealdah stations. The situation is so bad that people dread to get off the trains at the stations at night. The porters demand exorbitant rates from elderly couples and families. Having no other option, many are forced to pay up. Railway staff or Railway Protection Force personnel are nowhere to be seen. How long will this state of affairs continue'

B.N. Bose, Dum Dum.

Broadband bumps

BSNL's DataOne subscribers face several problems in connecting to the network. Once disconnected, it takes a long time to reconnect. Sometimes, it is almost impossible to log on. BSNL is refusing to acknowledge the problem. I have been facing it every day for the past two months. Several neighbours are facing the same problem. Registering complaints is useless.

Tuhin Purakayastha, Parnashree Pally.

Neglect mark on ground

The Mohun Bagan ground used to be one of the finest not only in Calcutta, but also in eastern India. I was shocked on entering the ground recently. There are signs of neglect everywhere. The major portion of the gallery is in very poor condition. Many of the seats are broken and are covered in moss. The authorities of the club should immediately start restoring the ground.

Sourish Misra, Salt Lake.

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