Seventeen people have died and over nine lakh people have been affected in the nearly fortnight-long spell of rains in West Bengal. Ten districts have been affected by heavy floods, Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan has said in the Assembly.

He said that 25,750 mud houses have been damaged or washed away due to the rains caused by a depression.

BEHRAMPORE, 16 JUNE: The adage that necessity is the mother of invention is apt for Kajisha, a gram panchayat at Beldanga in Murshidabad.

The gram panchayat, with a cluster of villagers, has turned out to be a rare bit of rural Bengal by setting a precedence: to rope in a band of rickshaw-van pullers for supplying pure drinking water on demand to households determined to drink arsenic-free wate

North 24-Parganas has emerged as the second most densely populated district in the country with a population of 1,00,82,852 followed by Thane in Maharashtra, according to the 2011 Census report.

The statistical figures regarding population, literacy rates, sex ratio in West Bengal ~ released at Writers' Buildings today by the state

Kolkata, 1 March: India has moved closer to eradication of polio, recording only 42 cases in 2010 compared to 741 in the previous year.
Till February this year, only a single case has been reported from Howrah, according to the India National Polioplus Committee of Rotary International.

This year, the first type 1 polio case has been reported in an 18-month-old girl in Howrah district of West Bengal.

BEHRAMPORE, 6 FEB: Hundreds of community tube-wells that serve as a source of drinking water are lying defunct for years leading to a drinking water crisis in the drought-hit areas of Murshidabad where the alternative water points also run dry during summer months.

Siliguri, Feb.

The state government would distribute 70,000 metric tons of potato, lying in cold storages in five districts, free of cost for mid-day meal and ICDS, finance minister Mr Asim Dasgupta announced today, admitting that the state exchequer had to drain off Rs 60 crore to

Kolkata: Eleven West Bengal districts were declared

KOLKATA, 25 JULY: Despite implementing the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme nine years back, more than 50 per cent of the students who get enrolled in class I in the state drop out before reaching even class IX. This has been revealed by the Assembly Standing Committee on School Education.

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