Ananya Dutta

In an unseemly hurry the state finance minister, Mr Asim Dasgupta, today
announced that the state government would declare eight districts
drought-affected if there is a rainfall deficit till 15 August which is the
deadline for paddy transplantation.

Iodine deficiency is endemic in West Bengal as evident from earlier studies. This community-based, cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in North 24 Parganas district during August-November 2005 to assess the consumption of adequately-iodized salt and to ascertain the various factors that influence access to iodized salt.

This press release by UNDP provides an in-depth study of three districts in the Indian state of West Bengal, namely, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Uttar Dinajpur.

The study reveals that where we live can determine our well-being as there are wide variations in human development between districts and also between rural & urban populations.

These District Human Development Reports of Parganas (N), 24-Parganas (S) & North Dinajpur released recently present key developmental challenges of the region. Also warn that Sunderbans is highly vulnerable to climate change & 15 percent of the region will be submerged by 2020.

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KOLKATA, 28 JUNE: Several residents of Kalitala, North 24-Parganas, have alleged that the postmaster of the Kalitala post office has been taking bribe to disburse money meant for Aila victims. He has also been accused of withholding NREGA wages.

JHARKHALI, 20 MAY: Laila is knocking at the door and residents of Sunderbans don't even know what flood and cyclone shelters are. According to Mr Mortaza Hossain, state disaster management minister, there are 315 flood shelters in coastal areas of North and South 24-Parganas and Midnapore East. But, a visit to the places proved how difficult it is to locate them.

Female health workers in India face an increasing workload that affects their performance. The authors did a study in 2 districts of West Bengal, India, to quantify their workload and identify determinants of good performance.

The district human development report of North 24 Parganas portrays the diverse features of this district and also depicts the multilayered development that has taken place, over the past five to six decades. Burgeoning urbanisation and very presence of the Sunderbans open up a rare opportunity to the policy makers and practitioners of development of further study the intrinsic nature of

KOLKATA, 10 DEC: The West Bengal horticulture department is planning to set up six multi-purpose cold storage units in the state under the National Horticulture Mission.