No fresh swine flu case
KOLKATA: While eight persons with symptoms of swine flu were admitted the the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Beleghata on Saturday,no fresh cases were reported in Kolkata on Sunday. Among those admitted on Saturday,while three have tested positive,reports of the remaining are yet to arrive. The new cases include a middle-aged man and a woman hailing from Batanagar and Salt Lake. Fourteen people,including the CPI minister Nandagopal Bhattacharya,have been tested positive for the H1N1 virus in the last 10 to 12 days. Of these,while six patients have been discharged,the others are being treated at the Isolation Ward of the ID Hospital and two other private hospitals.
Flood alert in Jalpaiguri
A policeman walks through a flooded street after heavy rains in Siliguri on Sunday. With the main rivers like Kaljani,Teesta and Jaldhaka swelled beyond danger mark,flood alerts have been issued in Jalpaiguri district. In the last 24 hours,rainfall of 47.4 mm has been recorded.
Cong legislator joins Trinamool
Malda: Congress MLA Sabitri Mitra join the Trinamool Congress on Sunday. Mitra,a five-time MLA from Adaidanga,was the vice-president of state Congress. Mitra said she will join the Trinamools victory rally on July 21 in Kolkata.
Games baton reaches Darjeeling
Gangtok: The Queen’s Baton,on the country-wide relay in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games,was handed over to the Darjeeling administration on Sunday. The baton was handed over to West Bengal officials at Rangpo check-post at 10.30 am,said Sikkim Police officers.
Author Taradas Bandopadhyay passes away
Kolkata: Noted Bengali writer Taradas Bandopadhyay passed away on Sunday morning at his Barrackpore house after a prolonged illness. He was 63. Son of legendary writer Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyay of Pather Panchali fame,Taradas is survived by his wife and two sons. He was a diabetic and suffered from renal failure. He leaves behind a large number of short stories and two famous novels Taradas Tantrik and Kajol.
Brawl between labourers,security guards leaves 20 hurt
Kolkata: About 20 people were hurt following a scuffle between contractual labourers and security personnel at a construction site in Domjur in Howrah. About 40 labourers were working at a site earmarked for Kolkata West International Project,a project to build a satellite township near Howrah. Last night,around midnight,the labourers got engaged in a verbal tiff with the security personnel stationed at the site. Both parties were in an inebriated state, said Shekhar Roy,Officer-in-Charge of Domjur Police Station. Around 4.30 am,some labourers damaged the belongings of security personnel,who in turn opened fire at them. About 12 people,including the labourers and security personnel,have been hospitalised with minor injuries.