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Hawkers submit memorandum to Firhad
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: West Bengal Nationalist Hawkers’ Sangram Samiti today submitted a memorandum to urban development and municipal affairs minister Mr Firhad Hakim urging him to rehabilitate the evicted hawkers. Mr Pramathes Sen, president of the organisation, alleged officers of Shakespeare Sarani police station evicted a large number of sugarcane juice vendors in connivance with another union. “They were doing business since 30 years. Other juice sellers conspired to evict the sugarcane vendors,” he said. The state government should induct a representative of their organisation in the regulatory committee, he added.
Beer may increase risk of kidney stones
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Doctors have warned that excessive intake of beer for a long period may result in kidney stones. “People suffering from kidney stones should avoid drinking beer because when consumed in large quantities it increases the level of acid in urine which causes the danger of kidney stones,” said Dr Amitava Mukherjee, senior consultant of RG Stone Urology and Laparoscopy Hospital. Moreover, beer contains powerful stimulants of gastric acid secretion and may provoke gastro esophageal reflux and cause heartburn, he added. Doctors say most patients with stones are between 25 to 45 years.    
AI to operate additional flight
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: To meet the increase in demand, Air India will operate an additional flight on the Kolkata-Dimapur-Kolkata route every Friday from 21 June to 30 August. Air India already operates a daily flight along the route. The new flight (AI-709), to be operated with an all-economy 144 seater Airbus 319 AI709, will take off from Kolkata at 1 p.m, reaching Dimapur at 2.10 p.m. On the return leg, the additional flight (AI-710) will leave Dimapur at 2.45 p.m, reaching Kolkata at 3.55 p.m.
Special trains for Railway examinees
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Eastern Railway will run EMU local trains in the Howrah division as per weekday schedule till 4 p.m. on three consecutive Sundays of 16, 23 and 30 June for the benefit of those appearing for the written recruitment examination for Railway Protection Force and the Railway Protection Special Force.
CID visits Goutam Deb&’s residence
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: A CID team today visited former housing development minister Mr Goutam Deb’s house at CF block in Salt Lake this afternoon to issue him a summon in connection with an alleged land scam that took place during his tenure. The team could not, however, serve him the summon as Mr Deb was not at home. The team will again visit his home tomorrow. The present government has brought charges of illegal distribution of land against Mr Deb and some others.
Kow&’s bail plea rejected
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: The bail plea of Trinamul Congress councillor Sambhunath Kow, accused of murdering a party colleague Adhir Maity at Dhapa on 20 March, was rejected by a city court today. A senior officer of the city police said he has to make fresh appeal again to obtain bail.
State forms GoM
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: The state government today set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) comprising finance minister Amit Mitra, power minister Manish Gupta, industries minister Partha Chatterjee and urban development minister Firad Hakim to prepare a policy on urban development. The policy will also suggest infrastructure development in sectors of power and transport. The GoM will meet every 15 days.
Woman booked for torturing son
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Police booked the mother of Suvadip Das, who committed suicide at Jadavpur on Wednesday night, under the Juvenile Act for torturing her son mentally and physically. After the boy&’s death, his grandmother lodged a complaint with the city police alleging his mother had killed him. Subsequently, police started an investigation. Later, the post-mortem report confirmed it was suicide. However, on the basis of the victim’s grandmother’s complaint police slapped sections of the Juvenile Act against the mother.
Man held for trafficking, girl rescued
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Police arrested Mithu Das from Premchand Baral Street in Muchipara on charges of trafficking and rescued a 17-year-old girl. Police have started an investigation and said he was running the racket for the past three months.
Two injured in city fire
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Two persons were injured after a fire broke out due to gas leakage at the ground floor of a four-storey building which housed an eatery at 114, Rabindra Sarani. Two fire tenders were pressed into service. Akhilesh Yadav (25) and Avisek Yadav (22) were injured and admitted to a city hospital.