Dec. 18: State animal resources development minister Anisur Rahman asked the people in the state to "learn to live with bird diseases".

A team of agriculture scientists zeroed in on a gene that imparts salt stress tolerance to paddy plants for long time and found that it remains suppressed in Gobindobhog.

KULPI, July 28: Although soil erosion is an acute problem in Malda and Murshidabad, the situation is not much different at Kulpi in South 24- Parganas. People living in the villages of Hara, Mukundapur, Harinarayanpur and Raytala are haunted by the fear of being deprived of shelter. Major parts of the territories have already been submerged under the river bed.

The WHO and the Union health ministry will launch a pilot project in Cooch Behar and Murshidabad districts of Bengal as part of their nationwide programme to curb the use of tobacco. The plan under the National Tobacco Control Programme involves the setting up of counselling centres at the district level, where experts will advise people on how to kick the habit of smoking. These centres will be located at the district hospitals, from where teams of experts will fan out to various blocks.

BERHAMPORE : One look at their diseased hands and feet and the fact that the country has been Independent for the last 60 years seems doubtful. Women in some villages of Murshidabad are doomed to a life without a family of their own, as no one will marry them. Even gram panchayat candidates here have sores on their hands and feet. They go about campaigning while trying in vain to ignore painful sores in their hands and feet, a continuous burning sensation, nausea and fever that refuses to go away. The drinking water they draw from their tube wells is laced with a silent killer ~ arsenic.

The state animal resources department is struggling to arrange the required manpower to carry out fresh culling and mop-up operations in three Bird Flu-affected districts.

Nearly a month after four million birds culled, a fresh outbreak of avian influenza hit West Bengal's Murshidabad district early last month. The reappearance of the virus (see

Illegal smuggling of poultry for trade, from bird flu free districts of West Bengal into the affected districts, may have caused the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus to resurface in West Bengal.

Nearly 50,000 birds are to be culled in the areas surrounding two parts of West Bengal's Murshidabad district from where there have been reports of a fresh attack of avian flu.

Fresh cases of bird flu have been confirmed in a West Bengal district, almost a month after officials expressed hope that the avian flu had been finally controlled with the culling of around four mill