Just three days after the West Bengal government declared in the Assembly that it would oppose all nuclear plants in the state, including the proposed one at Haripur in East Midnapore district, Pri

Heavy rainfall has led to floods in several districts of the state, putting the rice crop in West Bengal in jeopardy.
Although the state was hopeful of reaching record production in 2011-12 backed by good rainfall in the first half of the monsoon, prolonged rain has inundated vast areas in several districts of south and north Bengal.

KOLKATA, 19 AUG: Four more persons died today in West Midnapore and Malda taking flood-related death toll to 40 even as the meteorological department predicted heavy rainfall in the state over the

The Mamata Banerjee government on Friday scrapped the proposed petroleum, chemicals and petrochemicals investment region (PCPIR) at Nayachar in East Midnapore district, citing environmental reasons. While in the Opposition, the Trinamool Congress had opposed the Nayachar project vociferously.

The Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, came under the scrutiny of the Calcutta High Court on Friday, with Justice I.P. Mukerji saying it did not mention the quantum of compensation and the time of payment.

The West Bengal Government on Thursday told the Calcutta High Court that land acquired at Singur from Tata Motors would be utilised for socio-economic development.

Nearly 2.9 million people affected in the State

The death toll in rain-related incidents across West Bengal rose to 36 on Thursday even as several parts of the State continued to remain submerged. Nearly 2.9 million people have been affected and there are fears of fresh areas being inundated as some rivers are flowing above the danger level.

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday asked if it was possible to reach a compromise between the State Government and Tata Motors as the Singur Act was pertaining to a single company.

With two more deaths, the toll in rain-related mishaps across West Bengal rose to 29 on Wednesday even as some major rivers continued to flow above the danger mark. Altogether 26 lakh people in 14 districts have been affected by the heavy rain pounding the State for a week now and still continuing sporadically.

The West Bengal Government will commence its arguments opposing the petition filed by Tata Motors, beginning Wednesday.

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