The sweltering heat wave that has captured the entire South Dinajpur district, caused the death of a middle aged man here, according to locals.

The death toll in the Japanese encephalitis outbreak in north Bengal went up to 49 on Sunday even as the state government intensified its efforts to control the disease.

Sticking to her stand of not acquiring land forcibly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would prefer death than agree to it.

"I am against acquisition of land forcibly. We will not acquire land by pointing guns at farmers. I will prefer death than acquire land forcibly from farmers," Banerjee said here in North Dinajpur district on the second day of her tour of five districts. "I went on a 26-day fast and was about to die, but did not compromise," she said referring to her 26-day hunger-strike in December 2006 to demand return of 400 acre to farmers who unwillingly parted with their land for the Tata Motors small car project at Singur.

The Celsius soared to a season high of 40.5 degrees on Wednesday, prompting the weather office to sound the summer’s first heat-wave warning for Calcutta.

MALDA, 29 JAN: Five more babies died at the Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) in the past 24 hours taking the toll to 116 this month.

Calcutta, April 5: The rate of population growth in nine Bengal districts that share their borders with Bangladesh has come down in the past decade, a trend mainly attributed to an expansion in barbed-wire fencing and tighter vigil on illegal immigrants.

The provisional data released by the Directorate of Census Operations in Calcutta show a decline in the population growth rate in these distri

KOLKATA, 18 AUG: The state government's decision to identify certain districts as drought-hit has raised a howl of protest even within the Cabinet, with Mr Srikumar Mukherjee, the minister from CPI, pointing out that the state was making its decisions based on average rainfall received by a district instead of declaring drought according to mouzas as was the norm of the Centre.

Mr Mukherjee dre

The research farm in Islampur. Picture by Mehedi Hedaytullah
Raiganj, June 23: An agriculture department

The Malda district administration has been told to start culling chickens in Englishbazar block after reports confirmed the presence of the avian flu virus in dead birds, samples of which had been sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal.

Four owlets and 400 river turtles of endangered species were seized in two incidents in South and North Dinajpurs today.

At South Dinajpur

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