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Meritorious students get a helping hand in West Bengal

Kolkata: For many students who aspire to sit for joint entrance examinations for engineering and medical streams but lack financial support, help has come from ‘Lakshyabhed’ – a joint initiative between district administrations and an NGO. Founded in 2010 by former Birbhum district magistrate Saumitra Mohan in collaboration with the Kolkata-based Liver Foundation of Dr Abhijit Choudhary, the programme provides free-of-cost training and coaching to shortlisted needy students. Now the initiative has spread its wings to North 24- Parganas, Murshidbad and Purulia districts where the respective district administrations have rendered infrastructural help while finances are arranged by the Foundation. Already more than 100 students trained by Lakshyabhed have qualified in the engineering and medical joint entrance examinations since its inception four years back, Mohan claimed. Mohan, who is at present the district magistrate of Burdwan, recalled that in the year 2010 when he was the DM of Birbhum he had met Choudhary, a renowned liver transplant specialist in the country, who broached the idea of setting up such a body. Initially, it provided help to aspirants of Medical JEE and later it was extended to engineering JEE as well. Mohan said that every year 50 students, 25 each for medical and engineering, are selected through a screening test which is held in the month of January or February. (PTI)

Boy set ablaze by army men in Hyderabad dies

Hyderabad: An 11-year-old boy, who was set ablaze by unidentified military men, died at a hospital here Thursday, police said. Sheikh Mustafauddin, who was found with critical burn injuries at garrison area in Mehdipatnam in the heart of the city Wednesday, died at DRDO Apollo Hospital. The body was shifted to government-run Osmania General Hospital for autopsy. Police have tightened security around the military area to prevent any untoward incident. The boy, a student of a madarsa, told a magistrate in his dying declaration that some army men poured kerosene over him and set him ablaze. A resident of Siddiq Nagar, Sheikh was called inside the garrison area by two military men. It will now be turned into a murder case. Police formed a special team to conduct the investigation. Hyderabad police commissioner Mahender Reddy said the guilty will not be spared. The incident led to tension in the area as people came out on streets to stage a protest against the military personnel. Police used baton charge the protestors to disperse them. The army authorities have denied involvement of any military man in the incident. “On investigation, it is found that this allegation is absolutely false and no army personnel is involved in this incident. The army condemns this act. All necessary assistance is being provided to the police authorities to carry out a detailed investigation to arrive at the truth,” said a statement from the army authorities.(ians)

Cyclone Hudhud hit Andhra Pradesh on high alert

HYDERABAD: Collectors of all districts along the Bay of Bengal coast in Andhra Pradesh have been put on high alert in view of the threat of cyclone ‘Hudhud’. The cyclonic storm is expected to cross the Bay of Bengal coast on October 12 between Visakhapatnam in AP and Gopalpur in Odisha. AP chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao held a video-conference today with Collectors of coastal districts and reviewed the preparedness. He asked the collectors to take all steps to prevent loss of lives and also ensure that damage to properties, if any, was the least. “Open relief camps wherever needed and move people from vulnerable areas to safety. Keep essential commodities ready for the evacuees,” he told the collectors. He also directed them to submit reports on the latest situation regularly.(pti)

Speeding tractor crushes two to death

Ludhiana: Two persons were killed and another sustained serious injuries when a tractor–trolley crushed them at Aarti Chowk here late this evening, police said. Many people were waiting for a bus on the road side around 10.15pm, all of a sudden a speeding tractor-trolley came and crushed three of them while others saved their lives by jumping from the spot. The driver of the tractor has been arrested, police said. One deceased was identified as Pardeep Singh of Jagraon and the other is yet to be identified, they said. The injured was admitted in a local hospital where his condition is stated to be serious, police said. (PTI)

Girl commits suicide inMuzaffarnagar

Muzaffarnagar: A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train here, police said today. The incident took place yesterday when the girl ended her life by jumping before a train at the level crossing here. The victim’s family told police that she was depressed over some issue not known to them, they said. In another incident, body of a woman was recovered yesterday from the Ganga canal in Khatoli town here. “It is suspected that the woman was strangulated and later her body was thrown into the canal,” said SHO Sunil Kumar. (PTI)

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