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Kolkata dredging throws up World War II bomb

KOLKATA: Dredging operations at the Netaji Subhas Dock on Friday, a day before its 90th anniversary celebrations, threw up a deadly relic from the past, a World War II vintage 1,000-pound bomb with US Army markings.

The 450 kg aerial bomb, part of the American arsenal used in the China-Burma-India theatre during 1942-45, can cause extensive damage to life and property in a half-km radius, say experts.

Initially suspecting it to be a torpedo, the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) contacted INS Netaji Subhas, the Navys base in Kolkata, and the city police. Later, the Army was also contacted to defuse the bomb.

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Panic after fire breaks out in Kolkata metro

At least 16 passengers fell ill and one broke his leg during an escape attempt after a compartment of Kolkata Metro caught fire. The undercarriage of the first compartment of an air-conditioned train was set ablaze in Kolkata Metro during rush hour on Thursday evening. Thick dark smoke filled the coaches around 5 pm when a Dum Dum-bound train was approaching Maidan station after leaving Rabindra Sadan station in south Kolkata. Bright flashes were noticed under the carriage. The motorman stopped the train in the middle of the tunnel and the panicked passengers made a desperate attempt to escape since the smoke made it difficult to breathe and blocked visibility.

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Rath yatras for God, not to trigger riots: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjees stinging jibe at BJP

The Supreme Court on Monday declined an urgent hearing on a BJP plea challenging a Calcutta high court order disallowing its Rath Yatras in the state. Coming down heavily on the BJP for its proposed Rath Yatras in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said such yatras are typically conducted in the name of God, and not meant to indulge in danga (riot).

The Supreme Court on Monday declined an urgent hearing on a BJP plea challenging a Calcutta high court order disallowing its Rath Yatras in the state.

There are yatras for Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath, we take part in those rath yatras. Those who carry out yatras to kill common people indulge in danga yatras, Banerjee said at a public distribution programme in Sagar Island.

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Coast Guard arrests 14 illegal sand miners

The Coast Guard on Saturday morning arrested 14 illegal sand miners off the coast of Mumbai. The arrests were carried out during routine patrolling on Saturday morning and using a hovercraft - H194 - stationed at Dahanu. The arrests took place after a brief chase of six boats that were carrying the illegal sand miners. While the 14 men have been arrested, two boats have been seized. The other four boats managed to escape, Commandant Avinandan Mitra, PRO, Coast Guard confirmed on Sunday.

The arrested men have been handed over to the Vasai Police and will be produced before the Vasai court on Sunday. The accused as well as the boats had no identification papers, no boat registration documents, color coding etc. The apprehended crew did not have any identification documents, biometric cards either.

A statement by the Coast Guard stated that there was no communication equipment onboard the two boats and that the boats were fully laden with sand. The 14 arrested men claim to be from Murshidabad in West Bengal, and are not Bangladeshis as was claimed earlier, said Mitra. The boats were carrying illegaly mined sand from the seas and had no permission from the Revenue department to excavate sand

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In tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, PM Narendra Modi renames 3 Andaman and Nicobar islands

The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep, PM Modi said during a speech. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday announced renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Port Blair .

The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep, PM Modi said during a speech. The PM also released a commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and a Rs-75 coin on this special day. He also announced setting up of a deemed university after Bose.

Earlier, Modi visited the Marina Park here and hoisted a national flag on a 150-feet high mast.

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Bank manager steals coins worth Rs 84 lakh to buy lottery tickets

Tarak Jaiswal, 35, a senior SBI assistant manager in Memari, stole Rs 84 lakh -- all in coins- during the 17 months he spent at the branch. No one would have slotted him as a thief or an embezzler; after all, Tarak Jaiswal had an unblemished record in the eight years he worked at the State Bank of India, the countrys biggest lender.

But Jaiswal, 35, a senior assistant manager at the banks branch in Memari, a town 82 km from Kolkata, in West Bengals East Burdwan district, had an itch, gambling. And his position, as custodian of the currency chest, made it possible for him to scratch it. Over the 17 months he spent at the branch, he stole Rs 84 lakh, all in coins. Even assuming all the coins were the highest denomination publicly circulated, Rs 10, that would mean he spirited away 840,000 coins in the span of 17 months, or close to 50,000 coins every month, or 2,000 coins every day (assuming 25 working days).

But crime doesnt pay -- not even in coins. He was arrested on Friday and confessed soon after; his undoing was an annual audit that began on November 27. On Saturday, a local court sent him to police custody for five days. It turns out that Jaiswal took the risk to fund his addiction to lotteries. Jaiswal confessed to his crime and claimed that he spent the entire money on lottery tickets. We are trying to find out if he had an accomplice, Bhaskar Mukherjee, superintendent of police, East Burdwan district, said.

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