Transporters threaten fresh stir

Kolkata: Private transport operators have slammed the government for reverting back to the old distance slabs, saying it has moved them back to square one over their demand to hike the fares. Threatening to launch a fresh agitation, Tapan Banerjee, joint secretary of Joint Council of Bus Syndicates, said: "There is no logic behind the decision. If this continues, private buses would die a natural death especially the buses in the districts."

Performing arts may be a subject in univs

KOLKATA: The state government is likely to ask the state-aided universities to introduce "performing arts" as a subject — the brainchild of Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu. Chairman of West Bengal State Council for Higher Education, Sugato Marjit said, "The universities will be asked to submit their suggestions before taking any further action on it."

Passengers stuck in plane as doors jam

Kolkata: Nearly a hundred passengers of a flight from Dhaka to Kolkata could not disembark as the doors of the plane were not opening at NSC Bose International airport on Thursday. The engineers later found that the doors were shut because an engine was running in the plane, which landed at 10.30 am, airport sources said. The passengers alighted after 30 minutes, when the doors opened, officials said.

Centre sops for state

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of the inability of West Bengal government to provide land for the proposed Ghani Khan Ghoudhary Institute of Engineering and Technology in Malda, the Centre on Thursday relaxed the requirement of 300 acres of land before starting construction activities for the project. The Centre also approved additional funds for the development of the integrated passenger terminal building at Kolkata international airport, expected to be inaugurated in January.

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