Kolkata: Eleven West Bengal districts were declared

Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) has taken up a project to identify people affected by arsenic contamination in Karimpur area of Nadia. It would tap the contamination in the cells of these people and gauge the extent of damage.

Cyclone Aila, that hit parts of West Bengal last month, has damaged flowers and betel vines cultivated in six districts ~ Midnapore East, Howrah, North 24 Parganas, Birbhum, Nadia and Burdwan ~ and the loss is estimated at Rs 13 crore, according to a preliminary assessment done by the state horticulture department.

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in West Bengal is set to become the first such institute in the country to offer an integrated masters degree in earth science.

There are five IISERs in the country, set up on the lines of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

Krishnagar: Over 20 gram panchayats in Nadia have refused to take housing grants under the Indira Awaas Yojana saying the below-poverty-line list for the scheme

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.

Studies have revealed high arsenic levels in rice and rice products such as rice bran and rice crackers. A study published in April 2008 in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reported high levels of arsenic in baby rice sold in supermarkets in the UK. The samples of products they tested came from Japan and the US. The study revealed that 35 per cent of baby rice samples

Krishnagar: The forest department has asked Iskcon to hand over eight peacocks caged on the temple premises in Mayapur, Nadia. In a letter written last week, the divisional forest officer has asked the temple authorities to hand over the national birds "immediately' "Otherwise, the department will have no other option than to seize them.' The number of peacocks, eight when a forest department team had gone to the temple on an inspection a few weeks ago, has gone up to 14 over the past two days following the birth of six birds.

Bird deaths were reported from Burdwan, Birbhum and Nadia today, barely 24 hours after fresh cases of bird flu were confirmed in two blocks of Murshidabad.

A pull of the neck and then a twist is all that is needed to bring silent death to a hen or a duck. In scientific terms, the bird