Joydeep Thakur is a Special Correspondent based in Kolkata. He focuses on science, environment, wildlife, agriculture and other related issues.
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The 46-page report, compiled after questioning 85 people, throws light on rampant ragging and abuse in the university's hostels.
A village in West Bengal, India, has been in mourning multiple times due to explosions at illegal firecracker factories that have killed many people
Dukhu Majhi plants saplings mostly of fruit-bearing or large shade trees such as banyan at places where he thinks there is a lack of shade and pedestrians may need some to avoid the scorching sun
On August 9, the victim’s parents began to worry when they had not heard from the boy; they called him multiple times, but the calls were all unanswered.
In his speech, Modi also slammed the Trinamool Congress (TMC), which is in power in West Bengal, over poll-related violence during the recently held panchayat elections
At least 18 people were killed on the day of the three-tier panchayat polls on July 8 amid allegations of rigging and booth capturing
Ananta Rai heads a faction of the Greater Cooch Behar Peoples’ Association (GCPA), which has been demanding that a separate state of Greater Cooch Behar be carved out of West Bengal
West Bengal poll violence victims recall the fateful day, adding that nothing seems to change and the violence still persists
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly blamed the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the state having to move courts frequently and draining the state exchequer
Families of victims from a rail accident that occurred in India in 2010 are still searching for closure as the bodies of 17 passengers remain unidentified.
At least 148 passengers of the Mumbai-bound Jnaneswari Express were killed when the train derailed on May 28, 2010
Malik was on Friday aboard a general compartment of the Coromandel Express, heading to Chennai where he works in a bottling plant.
Train services resumed on both lines at Balasore's Bahanaga Bazaar in India on Monday following a fatal train accident that killed 275 people. The first train ran on the "down line" at 10:40 pm on Sunday night, while the "up-line" resumed at 00:05 hours on Monday. Normal traffic movement has resumed but trains are travelling at low speeds of around 10 kilometres per hour. The restoration process was carried out by sleeper rakes, poclain machines, tower cranes and over a thousand personnel.
One year on, the probe into the West Bengal school recruitment scam remains mired in a political tussle. Will the victims find justice? An explainer
Smarajit Jana, a pioneering AIDS activist, mined the power of the collective to set up cooperatives. He died on May 8, 2021 due to Covid-19
Anubrata Mondal, 64, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in August 2022 for his alleged involvement in the cattle smuggling case. ED arrested him in November 2022
The BSF apprehended a postman, who cloned the barcodes and consignment numbers and delivered the drug to smugglers living in villages along the Indo-Bangla border
Aizawl Zoo in India has a second list of rescued exotic animals and birds smuggled into India from Myanmar, but the zoo is running out of space and some of these animals are dying. Between July 2019 and September 2022, the zoo received 910 exotic animals, of which only 274 survived till the first week of December 2022. The zoo has all one visiting doctor, one veterinary field assistant, one range officer in charge of general administration, and two forest guards. The zoo has sent a proposal to the Union government for separate enclosures and a new rescue and rehab centre.
Pasakha Industrial Estate (PIE) has been the epicentre of the growing pollution levels in the adjacent areas of the West Bengal district
Interestingly, according to the 2011 Census, there are just two people on Aves Island. Both are male.
Known as Plastiglomerate, the rock is composed of sand, rock fragments, shells and other materials held together by plastic, resulting in a plastic-rock hybrid. It is a new form of plastic pollution described by scientists in 2014
Some strains of these bacteria are responsible for life-threatening diseases including Hemolytic uremic syndrome, pneumonia, diarrhoea and typhoid among others in humans
On Wednesday, it was the BJP led by leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari, a former TMC leader once considered close to Banerjee, who said that they were disappointed that the governor made no departure from a speech that painted a “rosy picture” of the state’s affairs, even shouting slogans of “go back”.
Ramesh Kumar Pandey, director of Project Elephant, which is a centrally sponsored scheme for elephant conservation, said the government has decided to redraw elephant corridors
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the last rites of his mother Heeraben, who died early morning at the age of 99, and returned to work hours later, flagging off a key train link in West Bengal and chairing a meeting of the National Ganga Council via video conference.
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 02:11 AM IST
ByAmit Cowper and Joydeep Thakur, Gandhinagar/kolkata
The West Bengal police said at least 25 illegal call centres have been busted since September and 292 people have been arrested
Kolkata: West Bengal has recovered around ₹52
Enforcement agencies have detected at least three to four cases in the last couple of months in which fake applications were submitted on the Parivesh portal to make illegal consignments appear legal
The Krishak Bazars (farmer markets) were a dream project of the Mamata Banerjee government which came to power in 2011 while championing the cause of farmers in Singur and Nandigram.
The CBI court extended former West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee’s judicial custody by 14 days in the school recruitment scam case