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  • Published 19.11.15

3 trains for south cancelled

Three south India-bound trains from Calcutta have been cancelled for Thursday because of heavy rain in southern states. The trains are the Chennai Mail (scheduled to leave Howrah at 11.45pm), Tiruchirapalli Express (scheduled to leave Howrah at 4.10pm) and the Puri Superfast Tatkal Special (scheduled to leave Howrah at 8.40pm).

Murder whiff in lady death

A 74-year-old woman was found dead with her hands and feet tied with ropes at her home in Chandannagar's Saradapally, in Hooghly district, on Tuesday night. Police said Aparna Chakraborty used to live alone in the two-storeyed building. Her help went out in the evening apparently to visit a local market. She told police that on her return she found Aparna lying dead on a bed. The police said there were strangulation marks on Aparna's neck.

Truck on fire

A fire broke out in a mini-truck on the approach to Vidyasagar Setu, near Nabanna, around 4pm on Wednesday. A fire tender doused the flames in half an hour. No one was injured.


A 17-year-old boy died after setting himself on fire at home in Chandannagar late on Tuesday. Police said Samba Nandi, a Class XII student of Don Bosco Bandel, locked himself in the toilet and set himself on fire. Police rescued the boy by breaking the toilet door and took him to a local hospital. He was shifted to SSKM Hospital, where he died on Wednesday morning.

Navy ships

Two Indian Navy ships - Khukri and Airavat - will remain berthed at Kidderpore dock from November 19 to 22 as a prelude to Navy Week 2015 celebrations. Civilians who want to visit the ships will have to carry at least one photo identity card.

Scholar dead

Ramkrishna Mukherjee, Distinguished Scientist at the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Binghamton, passed away in Calcutta on November 15. He was 98. Mukherjee died of multi-organ failure caused by ascites.

Mukherjee, who did his MSc in 1941 from Calcutta University and PhD from Cambridge University in 1948, wrote extensively on genetics, historical sociology, social classification, problems of acculturation, social indicators and quality of life. His monographs include The Sociologist and Social Change in India Today and Six Villages of Bengal.

He had a keen interest in gardening, loved classical music and played the sarod.

Mukherjee is survived by daughters, a son-in-law and three grandsons.