Nayachar: The six-member expert committee constituted by the state government to see the technical and economic feasibility of a chemical industry on Nayachar liked what it saw on the first visit to the island today. Led by former ONGC chairman and the Hinduja group vice-chairman in India, Subir Raha, the team (see box) of scientists that included oceanographers and chemical engineers spent over two hours criss-crossing the island. "Prima facie, it looks good. The initial drilling suggests that the soil has load-bearing capacity. However, we will look into more than 10 areas

The GNLF-controlled Darjeeling municipality has decided to stop supplying drinking water and clearing garbage in the town from tomorrow. In Calcutta, home secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray said the situation in the hills was "worrisome' but tourists were safe. "Those feeling unsafe would be brought down to the plains,' he added. Although a lean season for tourism, there would be several hundred tourists in the Darjeeling hills now. The peak period will begin in March.

Now, prepaid cards will fetch solar power.The West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency will introduce cash cards that will ensure solar power to villagers within their validity period. Prepaid

After decades of high optimism followed by deep despair, the first indication of the presence of gas in Bengal has appeared at a place near Contai, around 150 km from Calcutta close to the coast. The

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is planning to start commercial production of coal-bed-methane in the first quarter of the financial year at Jharia in

Alarmed at the rise in tuberculosis cases in industrial and colliery belts, the health department has launched a drive to fight the disease in Burdwan, especially in the Raniganj-Asansol colliery

Three persons died and at least 1,000 people were affected by enteric diseases over the past week in three panchayat areas under Kandi block in Murshidabad district of West

Work at government hospitals in West Bengal was hit following an agitation by special duty attendants (SDA), who had been asked to vacate the hospital premises. The government, by an official order,