Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: A rare species of snake, spotted only twice in the past, was discovered at a home in north Bengal's Jalpaiguri town, West Bengal Forest Department officials told The Hindu on Thursday.

Alipurduar/Siliguri, Sept. 30: Railway staff have spotted wild elephants close to the tracks and stopped trains 19 times since September 22 when seven jumbos were mowed down by a speeding goods train in Banarhat, the Northeast Frontier Railway has claimed.

In the wake of the wake of the incident of seven elephants being mowed down by a speeding trains at Banarhat in Jalpaiguri, CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has written to Union minister of environment and forest Jairam Ramesh to take initiative to stop running trains during night in the elephant corridors in North Bengal.

KOLKATA, 27 Sept: The state government today declared Jalpaiguri and Bankura as e-district after the chief minister inaugurated the project through which citizens can get various services through online submission of forms and delivery of certificates.
The chief minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, inaugurated the citizen service kiosks through video-conferencing.

City animal activists are calling for establishing an action plan to prevent deaths of animals in train accidents.

This comes after reports of the death of seven pachyderms after a speeding goods train hit them while they were crossing the tracks near Binnaguri in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) has written to the Railway m

The death of seven elephants in a train hit in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district is a grim reminder that little has been done to stop such slaughter in various States. Assam and West Bengal account for two-thirds of elephant mortality in train hits, followed by Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Orissa.

Alipurduar, Sept. 23: The forest department was not following a suggestion made during a joint inspection that it would pass on information about the presence of elephant herds close to the tracks to the nearest station, senior railway officials today alleged.

The divisional railway manager of the Northeast Frontier Railway, Alipurduar division, S.N.

NEW DELHI, 24 SEPT: Upset over the death of seven jumbos on train tracks in West Bengal, environment minister Mr Jairam Ramesh today said he would soon meet the Railway Board to press for concrete steps to ensure safety of elephants.

SILIGURI/kolkata, 23 SEPT: In the worst ever incident in living memory, seven elephants, including three female and a calf, were mowed down by a Guwahati-bound goods train at Kalibari railway crossing near Banarhat in Jalpaiguri last night. The trampling of the animals under the speeding wheels has sent shock waves across north Bengal.

KOLKATA: In one of the worst accidents involving trains and elephants in north Bengal, seven elephants of a herd died after being hit by a goods train in the Banarhat area of Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday night.

While four were killed on the spot, the rest died on Thursday.

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