Schools to remain shut today

Over 1,000 ICSE and CBSE schools will remain shut Thursday as announced by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza,head of the Roman Catholic Church of the Kolkata diocese and head of West Bengal Association of Christian Schools

Written by Express News Service | Published:September 19, 2013 4:04 am

Schools to remain shut today

KOLKATA: Over 1,000 ICSE and CBSE schools will remain shut Thursday as announced by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza,head of the Roman Catholic Church of the Kolkata diocese and head of West Bengal Association of Christian Schools. The day will also be observed as a ‘Black Day’,despite Mamata Banerjee’s assurances that adequate steps will be taken. Schools across the city have decided to join the movement. “We support the cause. We have decided to remain shut on September 19,” said Indrani Sanyal,Principal,DPS Megacity.La Martiniere authorities said,“Both La Martiniere for boys and girls will remain closed tomorrow.” Julien Day too will follow suit. “The governor has summed it up quite well and I agree that if guardians start behaving like this,what will the kids learn?” said Gerard Gomes,principal of the school. However,Birla High (Boys) authorities said they will be open due to examinations.

Luxury taxis to withdraw services

KOLKATA: On the eve of the bus strike,members of luxury taxi association announced they will withdraw services from September 27. “We have been demanding hike in fares,but all we have got from transport ministry are assurances. There is a tough competition from private cars,which double up as luxury taxis and pay one fourth of the tax,” said Sankar Ghosh,secretary,joint council of Luxury Taxi Associations. He said road tax have been increased from Rs 4,000 to Rs 9,000,but their fares have remained unchanged.

Taxis to continue plying at Howrah

KOLKATA: Bengal Taxi Association (BTA) Wednesday said they will not withdraw services from Howrah station. “After meeting with the DC (traffic) and the transport minister Madan Mitra,we have decided to carry on with our services,” said Bimal Guha,general secretary,BTA. He said that the main issue they were protesting was police atrocities and said that the transport minister had assured he will take care of it. Guha added the minister assured he will go easy on the undertaking that blue and white taxis will not be able to participate in any strike.

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