The Hill Area Development Program (HADP) has been introduced by the Government of India to initiate socio economic development in the hill areas of India since the inception of the Fifth Five Year Plan.

There is an urgent need for an improved understanding of the sources, distributions and properties of atmospheric aerosol in order to control the atmospheric pollution over northeastern Himalayas where rising anthropogenic interferences from rapid urbanization and development is becoming an increasing concern.

50 children from 5 darjeeling schools attend three-day workshop on bird watching

Students at the bird-watching workshop at the Singalila National Park: and (above) participants at a theoretical session of the workshop organised by the WWF-India

Siliguri, May 5: The forest department has taken up projects to count and study the Asiatic black bear and to find out the status of different species of butterfly in Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary.

- WWF trains border guards to conserve park & keep away smugglers

Siliguri, April 30: The forest department is trying to bring in the Sashastra Seema Bal to check the smuggling of rare medicinal plants from the Singalila National Park to Nepal.

The 78.6sqkm park is on the Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district.

Gangtok, April 25: The double-laning of NH31A, the lifeline of Sikkim, has hit a hurdle as the Bengal forest department has not yet granted permission to the Border Roads Organisation to work on the stretch that runs through Darjeeling district.

Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: Snow leopards at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling will now be filmed through the day with infra-red camera installed in their enclosures for studying their behaviour, particularly during the night.

Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: Two closely resembling species of the crimson-coloured pheasants

Five pairs of rare Himalayan ungulates arrived at the city airport early on Wednesday, on their way to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling.

The three pairs of Himalayan Thar and two pairs of Blue Sheep are gifts from Japan, which had received two young elephants

The European Union has asked for public opinions on Darjeeling Tea, a step towards granting patent to the brew growing in the Darjeeling hills after its producers requested GI protection of the commodity.

Six months have been given to file objections before a decision can be taken to grant Geographical Indicator status to Darjeeling Tea.