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Train victims identified

Two persons who died on Saturday after falling off a train near Howrah station have been identified as Surajit Ghosh, 26, and K. Pathak, 33. An officer of the Government Railway Police said Ghosh was a resident of Jangipara, Hooghly, and Pathak of Jamalpur, Burdwan. They fell off an overcrowded Howrah-Burdwan chord line local near the Tikiapara car shed.

Three others were seriously injured and admitted to Howrah State General Hospital and Medical College and Hospital. Doctors said their condition was critical.

Visit to airport

A team from the directorate-general of civil aviation (DGCA) is scheduled to visit Calcutta airport on Monday to survey the condition of the eight-seater US plane that overshot the main runway while landing on November 30. Airport sources said the DGCA team would inspect the aircraft before certifying it for flying out of Calcutta. The private chartered aircraft, being flown in from Bangkok on its way to Mumbai, blocked the main runway for over an hour.

Chinese team

A 10-member Chinese delegation arrived in Calcutta on Thursday on a two-day visit. The delegation, headed by Lt-Gen. Zhang, political commissar of the Chengdu Military Region, visited the Eastern Command headquarters and held talks with senior officers. Lt-Gen. Arvind Sharma, GOC-in-C (eastern command), said such interactions would boost mutual ties.


The West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, along with Confederation of Indian Industry, organised a seminar at the ongoing Industrial and Trade Fair on Sunday. The speakers dwelt on problems in running manufacturing units that are facing competition from global companies. Finance minister Asim Dasgupta said the government would consider the points raised at the seminar.

SER schedule

South Eastern Railway is running the Howrah-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Kurla Express from Shalimar, instead of Howrah, from December 1. Officials said this was part of the effort to decongest Howrah station.

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TO Lions Club of Calcutta (Tollygunge) for organising a free eye-operation camp

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