BANKURA: Widespread deaths of cattle have spread panic in the Onda block in Bankura. In a fortnight, the block recorded 24 livestock casualties. The Bankura District Livestock Department has also expressed concern over the matter.

The political movement that came up from among the people of Lalgarh in November 2008 cried out for help and support from the civil and democratic society

Investigations were carried out in 26 sacred groves of the district of Bankura of West Bengal during 2006 to 2007. 114 plant species were recorded from those groves including 102 dicots and 12 monocots. The major tribal groups in those areas are Santals and Koramudis; others are Bedias and Mahalis. Main festival of Santals is 'Sarul' under the canopy of Shorea robusta.

May 25: At least 20 people were killed and nearly two lakh left homeless in the south Bengal districts as winds flattened houses and rivers burst their banks.

South 24-Parganas was the worst hit, recording 13 deaths. Army and BSF personnel have managed to shift some 80,000 people to safer places there but many are still trapped.

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.

Bankura by now has become synonymous with Basudeb Acharia. For the eight-time MP from this constituency in West
Bengal, increasing connectivity between his home turf and the rest of the country has been of foremost importance. He argues that better connectivity spurs development.

KOLKATA, March 21: After the Nano pull-out, the state government has finally woken up to the fact that setting up of proper infrastructure is key in motivating private investors to set up industry in the state.

Four farmer communities from different parts of the country were recently felicitated by the Government for their efforts at preserving different original varieties of rice genomes.

The communities are Vrihi Beej Binimoy Kendra (Bankura, West Bengal), Kuruchiya and Kuruma tribal communities (Wayanad, Kerala), tribal communities from Jharkhand, and P Narayanan Unny (Palakkad, Kerala).

BANKURA, Feb. 25: A Bankura-based NGO has been awarded the 2008 Meghnad Puraskar for popularising science among the rural population in south Bengal. The prestigious award will be handed to My Dear Trees and Wilds at the inaugural session of the State Science and Technology Congress, organised at Burdwan University complex this week.

DURGAPUR, Feb. 15: Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) would soon construct a highway between Raniganj and Bankura with financial assistance from World Bank. The chairman of ADDA, Mr Bansogopal Chowdhury, said this while inaugurating a highway hub at Raniganj today.