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Air Asia flight from Kolkata makes emergency landing after hailstorm cracks windshield

An Air Asia flight from Kolkata bound for Bagdogra made an emergency landing back at the Kolkata airport due to a cracked windshield.  The flight 15-536 which took off at around 4.30 pm on Tuesday with 170 passengers on board, had to return to Kolkata just minutes after takeoff because of the damage caused to…

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An Air Asia flight from Kolkata bound for Bagdogra made an emergency landing back at the Kolkata airport due to a cracked windshield. 

The flight 15-536 which took off at around 4.30 pm on Tuesday with 170 passengers on board, had to return to Kolkata just minutes after takeoff because of the damage caused to the windshield due to hailstorms.

West Bengal State minister of Arup Biswas who was on the flight, said, “It was a very close shave… after the flight took off from Kolkata the plane started shaking, most of the passengers were afraid of the turbulence.”

Several planes departing from Kolkata were delayed due to inclement weather condition. 

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Kolkata cab driver, who built hospital in sister’s memory, offers it to WB govt for setting up COVID-19 quarantine centre

KOLKATA: Md Saidul Laskar, a cab driver, who had sold off four taxis and wife’s ornaments to build a hospital on the southern part of the Kolkata city, has now offered the facility to the state government for setting up a quarantine centre for suspected coronavirus COVID-19 patients, said reports on Saturday. According to reports,…

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KOLKATA: Md Saidul Laskar, a cab driver, who had sold off four taxis and wife’s ornaments to build a hospital on the southern part of the Kolkata city, has now offered the facility to the state government for setting up a quarantine centre for suspected coronavirus COVID-19 patients, said reports on Saturday.

According to reports, Laskar has now offered the 50-bed hospital, which he built at Punri village in Baruipur a few years ago, following the death of his younger sister, to the state government to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. He said, “fighting the pandemic takes precedence over everything else”.

“I built the hospital on a plot of land I had purchased years ago and named it after my sister, Marufa. There were days when I and my wife ate puffed rice to save up for the hospital. I had to sell my four yellow taxis and my wife Shamima’s jewellery, too. We would supervise the construction work, brick by brick,” Laskar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

His sister Marufa died of pneumonia in 2004. Maintaining that the hospital had been treating over 300 patients every day at its outdoor and emergency wards, the 45-year-old cab driver said he had been trying to gather funds to procure advanced medical equipment for the facility.

Laskar, however, put his plans on hold following the coronavirus outbreak and decided to offer the hospital for setting up quarantine units.

“After discussing the idea with my wife and close friends, I approached the district officials with the proposal to turn my hospital into a quarantine centre. “The officials assured me that the proposal had been forwarded to the health department and the chief minister’s office and a decision would be taken soon,” he said.

Laskar, who has also contributed Rs 5,000 to the state government’s relief fund, said 10 paramedic employees at the hospital can be trained to handle coronavirus cases.

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