‘JICA to give Rs. 400 crore long-term soft loan'

The West Bengal Government is set to sign an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Rs. 400 crore long-term soft loan for the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity.

Jalpaiguri, Nov. 24: The elephant census has been extended to the Sakam forest at the edge of Neora Valley National Park this time.

The pristine forest of Neora Valley National Park (NVNP) in Kalimpong hills, Darjeeling district, which has formed an ecological trijunction with Sikkim and Bhutan, is the last virgin wilderness in West Bengal. It is one of the oldest (1881) reserve forests in India. Since this area has been put under protection and is an unworkable working circle, the high forest remains intact.

Foresters at the tiger census in Neora Valley. (Biplab Basak)
Siliguri, Dec. 2: Foresters associated with the tiger census at Neora Valley National Park have completed field work and are now busy compiling data.

Alipurduar MP Joachim Baxla looks at a monkey that was injured by a vehicle on NH31C on Sunday. Baxla informed foresters and vets from Rajabhatkhawa started treatment to save the animal. Pictures by Biplab Basak and Anirban Choudhury

Alipurduar, Nov. 16: An