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Kolkata Bridge Collapse: Commuters get alternative road

The new road along with two bailey bridges over the Chetla canal and railway level crossing were constructed within 20 days.

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Kolkata, Oct 12 : An alternative road parallel to a bridge that collapsed over a month ago in south Kolkata was thrown open to the public on Friday, much to the relief of a large number of daily commuters to and from the city and its suburbs.

A portion of the Majerhat Bridge in south Kolkata collapsed on September 4, killing a city youth instantly and injuring at least 19 others. Two bodies of Metro rail workers were recovered from under the debris two days after the accident.

The new road along with two bailey bridges over the Chetla canal and railway level crossing were constructed within 20 days in close coordination between the Public Works Department (PWD) and Eastern Railway.

According to senior PWD officials, initially one-way movement of small and medium vehicles will be allowed on the road. The city police will take a call regarding both-way vehicular movements after the Durga Puja festivities.

“The bridge, along with the level-crossing, is connecting the southward extension of Alipore Avenue with Block G in New Alipore,” an official said.

Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said that though the bridge collapse was an unfortunate incident, the Bengal government had shown that they can make the impossible possible.

Eastern Railway officials said train services on the Sealdah-Budge Budge line will be restricted to keep the level-crossing gate between New Alipore and Majerhat station operational.

“To ensure smooth road and rail movement, six pairs of EMU locals on the Sealdah-Budge Budge section will remain suspended from Saturday until further notice. Rest of the 52 locals (trains) will continue to ply with slight changes in schedule.”

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Unabated cold wave in Kashmir, Ladakh in deep freeze

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Srinagar, Dec 19: An unabated cold wave continues in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, with Ladakh plunging into a deep freeze and Kargil recording minus 14.9 degrees Celsius.

The Met forecast the cold wave would continue for another week with night skies remaining clear.

Leh recorded minus 6 degrees Celsius, Srinagar minus 2.8, Pahalgam minus 8.4, Gulmarg minus 4.0, Jammu city 6, Katra 7, Batote 3.3, Bannihal 0.5 and Bhaderwah 0.4.

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Student gang raped in Agra

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Agra, Dec 19: A B.Tech student on her way to a coaching centre here was forcibly carried away by two unidentified men to the banks of river Yamuna and gang-raped, police said on Wednesday.

The first year student was on her scooty on Tuesday evening when the two men on a bike intercepted and grabbed her. They took her to a secluded spot on the poiya ghat and attacked her.

According to the victim, two other boys were already there at the spot. All four then took turns to rape her.

Later on she was helped home by some passersby.

Her parents lodged a complaint at the New Agra police station late in the evening.

The accused are absconding, Superintendent of Police (City) Prashant Verma said.

The victim has been badly hit on her head. She was admitted to the SN Medical College hospital.

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BJP candidate sent to jail for assaulting youth who voted for Congress candidate

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Bhopal, Dec 18 : Sudhir Yadav,BJP candidate from Surkhi assembly constituency of Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh,was sent to jail today under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

He had allegedly abused and physically assaulted a youth who voted for Congress candidate in the state assembly elections.Yadav is the son of BJP MP from Sagar Lok Sabha seat Laxmi Narayan Yadav, was booked by the AJK police station in Sagar under Sections 294, 323, 506 and 34 of IPC, besides different sections of the SC/ST Act for allegedly abusing and assaulting 22-year-old Dalit man Deepesh Ahirwar outside the polling booth in Berkhedi Sadak area of Surkhi assembly constituency on the polling day.

In the complaint submitted to the AJK police station , Ahirwar alleged that after exercising franchise in the polls on November 28, when he came out of the polling booth, the BJP candidate Sudhir Yadav was standing outside with his  supporters.”Yadav asked me who I had voted for and I told him that I voted for the Congress candidate. Hearing it the BJP candidate got infuriated and started abusing me and my caste. Yadav also thrashed me badly for voting the Congress candidate,” Ahirwar alleged in the complaint.

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