Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: The city and some districts, devastated by cyclone Aila on Monday, are yet to come to terms with the reality, even as the death toll shot up to 82. Fresh areas in the north were reeling under the impact of the cyclone

Ananya Dutta
KOLKATA: Twenty-three persons were killed when a severe cyclonic storm accompanied by heavy rain brought by Cyclone Aila lashed the city and some districts of West Bengal on Monday. The death toll could be higher: reports from the districts were only coming in. Many people were injured.

Rajib Chakraborty

Ishita Ayan Dutt / New Delhi/ Kolkata April 20, 2009, 0:01 IST

Bhushan Steel has informally approached the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) for an additional 1,000 acres in West Bengal, in the wake of negotiations with Sumitomo Metal Industries (SMI) for participation in its steel project.

Marsh Mongoose Herpestes palustris is the only extant endemic mammal of the East Kolkata wetlands, which has been declared a RAMSAR site in 2002. Since its first description by the scientists of the Zoological Survey of India, the population of this species has dwindled to an alarming state due to reclamation of the Salt Lake City and Rajarhat expansion, as well as from other anthropogenic causes. Recently, during a field survey only a small population of this endangered mongoose was found in a single location.

BARASAT: Social workers expressed grave concern over arsenic pollution which has been affecting vegetation in the area.

Manob Chetona, an organisation in Sodepur Natagarh near Kharda in North 24-Parganas, has taken up a programme to spread awareness about conservation of water among the masses.

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An Anganvadi centre at Deganga village in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal.

KULPI, July 28: Although soil erosion is an acute problem in Malda and Murshidabad, the situation is not much different at Kulpi in South 24- Parganas. People living in the villages of Hara, Mukundapur, Harinarayanpur and Raytala are haunted by the fear of being deprived of shelter. Major parts of the territories have already been submerged under the river bed.

- Eleven people die in Midnapores as Met office forecasts more rain in coastal areas The flood killed 11 more people in East and West Midnapore today, taking the toll to 20 and prompting the government to add to its relief purse. Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who will be travelling to Kolaghat in East Midnapore tomorrow, held a meeting with finance minister Asim Dasgupta, health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra and relief minister Mortaza Hossain in Calcutta. He might visit some of the flood-hit areas tomorrow.