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Enhanced security at Metro stations for Kali Puja

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KOLKATA: Metro railway will enhance security at stations on Tuesday to prevent any untoward incident during Kali Puja. On Tuesday, the metro will run a holiday service. Instead of 274 services, there will be 136. However, officials feel that there will be a rush at some stations and have made necessary arrangements.

“From our experience during Durga Puja, we apprehend rush at Kalighat, Jatin Das Park and Dumdum stations. To maintain order, we will deploy additional security personnel at these stations. Normally, we have six security personnel posted at Kalighat in every shift. On Tuesday, there will be 10 additional personnel per shift. They will be led by an officer. At Jatin Das Park, 14 personnel will be deployed instead of the normal four. They will be led by an officer. At Dumdum, an officer will be in charge of 14 personnel instead of the normal nine,” said Indrani Banerjee, senior PRO, metro railway.

Security personnel armed with metal detectors will also frisk passengers and go through bags to check for crackers and other inflammable articles, she said.

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2 Bangladeshi fishing boats with 57 crew captured

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KOLKATA: Indian Coast Guard on Monday captured two Bangladeshi fishing boats with 57 crew on board for trespassing into Indian water territory.

During routine patrol, Coast Guard ship Sucheta Kripalani sighted the two boats carrying out illegal fishing three nautical miles within Indian waters, Coast Guard officials said.

The boats carrying 60 kg of fish were apprehended and investigations carried out.

“The boats are being taken to Sagar Island for handing them over to marine police tomorrow,” the officials said.

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Left Front takes out rally against price hike

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KOLKATA: Lashing out at the central government for imposing excise duty on petrol and diesel, CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra on Monday said the Centre’s decision to impose 0.5 per cent cess on all taxable services to fund the Swachh Bharat programme was done bypassing Parliament.

The Left Front took out a rally in Kolkata on the issue of price rise and the Centre’s decision to impose 0.5 per cent cess on all taxable services.

“The people of India are already reeling under the pressure of price rise… and the Centre has again decided to impose a 0.5 per cent cess on all taxable services. It will further increase the price rise. The BJP government is totally taking up policies which are completely anti-poor, anti-people,” Mishra, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, said during the rally here.

“The Centre’s decision to impose cess was done by bypassing Parliament. We condemn this attitude of bypassing Parliament,” he said.

All services, including air travel, telephony, eating out and banking will become expensive from November 15 as the government a few days back decided to impose a 0.5 per cent cess on all taxable services to fund the Swachh Bharat programme.

The additional cess would be over and above the 14 per cent Service Tax rate which is already being levied and may yield the government an additional about Rs 400 crore during the remainder of the current fiscal.

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