Kolkata: A massive blast occurred at a primary health centre building on Thursday in West Bengal’s Birbhum district but there was no report of any casualty, police said. Preliminary police investigation pointed to a suspected stockpile of explosives in the house, which blew up. The severity of the blast was such that the roof and wall of one side of the building at Labhpur were blown away. Two rooms were reduced to rubble. “The building of Dwarka health centre was blown off due to an explosion around 2.45 a.m. We are at the spot investigating the matter and there is no report of any injury or casualty,” an officer of Labhpur police station said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers An employee of the health centre said they were lucky that the incident occurred at night but there is an atmosphere of fear all around. Incidentally, the health centre is barely a few metres away from the police station. Trinamool Congress supporters staged an angry demonstration, accusing the police of arriving at the spot eight hours of the incident. On June 29, another explosion inside the club building at Mollarpur had blown away the walls and damaged some of the houses in the vicinity. A local BJP leader said that there should be proper investigation of these blasts, while Trinamool Congress members feel that the BJP is responsible. “We want the NIA to investigate, not just the police or CID of West Bengal Police,” the BJP leader said.
NEW YORK — The opening of college football’s season was welcome news for ABC in an otherwise quiet week for television.The Nielsen company says ABC won the week’s ratings competition on the strength of games that took over the network’s prime-time schedule on both Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Auburn had a last-minute win against Oregon on Saturday, and Oklahoma dominated Houston on Sunday.NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is approaching its end for the season but dominated the prime-time landscape with the week’s two most popular programs.ABC’s “World News Tonight” continued its dominance of the evening news ratings.David Bauder, The Associated Press
In a new report to the Security Council, UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix “welcomes Iraq’s willingness to discuss issues related to inspections in Iraq.” The next round of UN-Iraq talks is scheduled to be held in Vienna on 4 and 5 July.The report also provides information on Mr. Blix’s input during the first two rounds, held in New York on 7 March and from 1 to 3 May. Among other points, the Chairman “explained how UNMOVIC planned to operate in Iraq.” He also mentioned how the Commission’s expert staff was proceeding with work to identify unresolved issues as a basis for the later definition of “key remaining disarmament tasks.”On what Iraq would need to do to complete those tasks, the Chairman outlined the kinds of additional clarification that UNMOVIC might seek, stressing the need for full clarity about Baghdad’s cooperation on a number of practical issues before inspectors are deployed to Iraq. “It would be unfortunate if UNMOVIC inspectors were to encounter practical problems when they started to work in Iraq,” Mr. Blix writes.In light of the possibility of resuming the inspection work begun by its predecessor, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), UNMOVIC is increasing its readiness by recruiting more staff for posts at Headquarters that had previously remained unfilled. A number of new posts have also been established to cover the additional work given to the Commission under the Security Council’s latest resolution on the oil-for-food programme, which allows Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum revenue to purchase humanitarian relief.