Malda, March 28: A group of farmers burnt quintals of potatoes in a Malda village yesterday to protest the lower price for the produce, prompting the district administration to order the agricultural marketing department to buy the crop at Rs 3.50 per kilo.

People living on the fringes of north Bengal forests will soon have pucca houses that not only ensure a comfort but also protect them from elephant raids.

The state housing department has allotted funds for the first phase of the project during which 431 houses will be constructed in Jalpaiguri forest division. A total of 3,000 houses would be constructed during the project.

A waterbody in a Jalpaiguri forest that was once taken for abandoned has now turned into a birders

India and Nepal are set to ink an agreement to provide railway connectivity and augment existing lines between the two countries. Once constructed, these rail lines will provide India better access to the Madhes (Terai) region of the Himalayan country. The agreement is likely to be signed during the ongoing visit of Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav to India.

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Targeting the Leftruled West Bengal government for misuse of NREGA funds, minister of state for rural development Sisir Kumar Adhikari has asked Cabinet minister C.P. Joshi to look into the matter.

Siliguri, Jan. 14: The small tea sector has grown steadily in north Bengal in a decade, producing 70 million kg of tea a year

The state forest department is facing a problem to relocate the villages situated within the Buxa Tiger Reserve after villagers started getting pattas of forest land under the Forest Rights Act. The forest department had initiated a plan to make the Buxa Tiger Reserve located in Alipurduar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district human settlement free after human-animal conflict went up alarmingly.

River breaches dyke, hundreds marooned

A woman carries drinking water through waist-deep floodwaters at Hospitalpara in Jalpaiguri on Thursday. Picture by Biplab Basak
A flooded Bhaktinagar police station in Siliguri on Thursday. (Kundan Yolmo)

Aug. 20: The army has been called in Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar to evacuate over 1,500 marooned families.

More than 3,500 families in three north Bengal districts have been affected after the water level of the rivers passing through them rose.

Water from rivers across north Bengal has started receding following less rainfall in the hills and the plains, save a couple of places.

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