Joydeep Thakur is a Special Correspondent based in Kolkata. He focuses on science, environment, wildlife, agriculture and other related issues.
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Ghosh also urged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to initiate a probe against Banerjee, claiming that he received a large amount of money when he was under judicial custody
Allegations of land-grabbing and exploitation in Sandeshkhali, India, have sparked violent protests, with villagers recounting tales of coercion and threats.
The Tollywood actor-turned-politician said she found that politics does not suit her, but Banerjee has yet to accept her resignation.
Officials suspect that a specific gang was working behind this and were just using the students. Specific WhatsApp groups were created by the gangs
Villagers allege that the police turned a blind eye to their complaints against the TMC leaders; of the three men accused, two have been charged with gangrape
Villagers said that once a Left stronghold, the people of Sandeshkhali voted for Trinamool Congress in large numbers in 2011
At least 240 people have been killed in West Bengal in elephant attacks between 2019-2020 and 2021-2022.
An explainer on the five-year-old attempted murder case against MP Nisith Pramanik. The top court granted protection from arrest to the lawmaker
Kolkata's iconic trams, which have been part of the city's landscape for 150 years, may be phased out in 2024, with plans to confine them to a heritage joyride
A sunken Bangladeshi cargo ship has resurfaced in the Ganges delta, threatening the Gangasagar Mela religious festival and causing siltation in the Muriganga river. The ship, which sank during the pandemic-induced lockdown in 2020, has created a riverine island that is blocking the waterway for boats ferrying pilgrims. Experts warn that if the ship is not removed, the river will become choked with silt, affecting its flow and navigation. Efforts are underway to create alternate channels for the festival, but the ship's removal may not be possible before the event.
Siltation around the capsized vessel over the past three years has blocked channels used by boats to ferry pilgrims and tourists to Sagar island
According to the Centre, West Bengal’s land purchase policy is slowing down its fencing work along the Indo-Bangla border. Here’s what they mean by that
India, with its largest land area in the group of seven countries in South Asia, tops the list with 185 invasive alien plants
West Bengal minister Jyoti Priya Mallick has been grilled by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with an alleged ration distribution scam. He had been admitted to hospital after falling in court on the day of his arrest. Mallick is accused of involvement in the scam, which saw rice and wheat intended for ration distributors sold on the open market. Businessman Bakibur Rahaman has already been arrested in relation to the case.
A flash flood triggered by a glacial lake outburst in north Sikkim had washed away an ammunition depot of the army
Lhonak Lake is one of the largest and fastest growing proglacial lakes in Sikkim and is among the 11 large glacial lakes monitored by the Central Water Commission
Most of the tourists in Sikkim are stranded at Lachen and Lachung, popular destinations in Mangan district
A flash flood, triggered by an outburst of a glacial lake, had barrelled through the Teesta river gobbling up everything in its path
Sikkim government officials said it could take days to compile detailed data on the loss and damage, and rehabilitation work has only just begun
Lachen is the base for tourists going to Gurudongmar Lake, a high-altitude lake situated at an altitude of 17,000 feet while Lachung is the stopover for tourists heading to Yumthang valley
The flash floods tore through India’s northeastern state Sikkim on Wednesday leaving 82 dead, and 105 missing
A senior police official of Jalpaiguri district in north Bengal said that it would take at least a week to sanitize the Teesta’s banks in the district. The explosives may include mortar shells, mines and other weapons used by the army
Located more than 75 km from the state’s capital Gangtok, the region in north Sikkim’s Mangan district – one of the worst-hit districts, is bounded by the River Teesta and River Tholung Chu on two sides and by the mountains on one side
A few cars and an earth-moving machine, buried under the silt with just their roofs visible, gave an inkling of what was underneath the debris
The Sikkim government has warned people that explosives and ammunition may be found along the banks of the Teesta River after an ammunition depot of the army in north Sikkim was affected due to flash floods
The known number of casualties rose to 27 and the number of missing increased to 143, officials said
A glacial lake overflowed in Sikkim following torrential rains and triggered flash floods down the Teesta River.
Officials said airlifting stranded people particularly those old and infirm and in need of immediate medical assistance will be the priority
According to the 2011 census the population of Chungthang was around 10,038, as compared to 3,766 in 2001
The SSDMA in a bulletin on Thursday said that the disaster had affected 22,034 people, and that over the last 24 hours, 2011 people had been rescued