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Joydeep Thakur is a Special Correspondent based in Kolkata. He focuses on science, environment, wildlife, agriculture and other related issues.

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Once symbolic of old Calcutta, trams may halt in their tracks

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

Representative Photo
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 06:04 AM IST
By, Kolkata

3 years after Bangladeshi ship sank in Hoogly, siltation puts Gangasagar festival under cloud

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.

The Bangladeshi vessel sank on April 9, 2020. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Silt around sunk Bangladeshi ship could impact tourist flow to Gangasagar fair

Siltation around the capsized vessel over the past three years has blocked channels used by boats to ferry pilgrims and tourists to Sagar island

The issue came up in a meeting held on December 27 by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to take stock of the preparations for the coming fair. ((PTI file photo))
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 03:40 PM IST

What it takes to protect a porous border

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

BSF officials at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Nadia, West Bengal.
Published on Jan 02, 2024 07:05 PM IST

At least 241 invasive plants mapped in 7 South Asian countries; India tops list

India, with its largest land area in the group of seven countries in South Asia, tops the list with 185 invasive alien plants

Lantana camara, which is a native of south and central America and was introduced by the British in this part of the world, is now invasive in all the seven countries in South Asia. (Shutterstock Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 11:05 AM IST

ED grills WB minister after arrest in connection with alleged ration scam

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.

The Enforcement Directorate. (Representative image.)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 07:31 PM IST

Buried explosives in River Teesta hinders restoration; Army steps up combing op

A flash flood triggered by a glacial lake outburst in north Sikkim had washed away an ammunition depot of the army

The army, which launched a combing operation soon after the flood to locate the buried explosives, has already diffused more than 1,200 explosives in around 200 locations in Sikkim and West Bengal. (AP)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 07:35 PM IST

Sikkim: Lhonak Lake early warning system failed, says official

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

On the night of October 3, the Lhonak lake burst triggered a flash flood that killed at least 92 people. (ANI photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 04:07 PM IST

165 more airlifted as rescue ops continue in Sikkim

Most of the tourists in Sikkim are stranded at Lachen and Lachung, popular destinations in Mangan district

Tourists being evacuated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) from the flood-affected areas of Lachan, in Mangan district (PTI)
Updated on Oct 11, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Gangtok

Stranded for six days in Sikkim, tourist families recall trauma before rescue

A flash flood, triggered by an outburst of a glacial lake, had barrelled through the Teesta river gobbling up everything in its path

Jayesh Khemani from Rajkot with his family before the flash floods struck Sikkim. (HT photo)
Published on Oct 10, 2023 04:57 PM IST

Sikkim: Phones haven’t stopped ringing at the disaster control room in Gangtok

Sikkim government officials said it could take days to compile detailed data on the loss and damage, and rehabilitation work has only just begun

Inside the control room of Sikkim’s disaster management wing. (HT photo)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 07:49 PM IST

Airborne rescue operations begin for those stranded in Sikkim’s Lachen, Lachung

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 choppers after dropping the stranded people at Mangan returned to Lachen with essential supplies, relief materials. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 01:10 PM IST

Stories of loss and despair echo at Sikkim relief camps

The flash floods tore through India’s northeastern state Sikkim on Wednesday leaving 82 dead, and 105 missing

Overall, Sikkim now has 28 relief camps, that house around 6,487 people. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 04:47 AM IST

Army launches search operation as Teesta river turns into potential minefield

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

Indian Army officers inspect the damage caused by flash floods in north Sikkim (PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 05:55 PM IST

Sikkim’s aboriginal inhabitants suffer major damage in flash flood

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

On Tuesday night, a flash flood was triggered by an outburst of the Lhonak glacial lake in north Sikkim (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 11:13 AM IST

Sikkim floods: A long wait for survivors as bad weather halts rescue operation

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

Indian Army officers inspect the damage caused by flash floods in Naga village of north Sikkim (PTI)
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 05:29 AM IST
By, Rangpo

‘Darkness and chaos’: Sikkim flood victims share ordeal; rescue op halted

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

A car buried under the silt with just it roofs showing in flood hit north Sikkim (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 07, 2023 06:07 PM IST

Sikkim floods: Weather hinders rescue operations as death toll rises to 27

The known number of casualties rose to 27 and the number of missing increased to 143, officials said

A truck is partially covered in mud due to flash floods triggered by a sudden heavy rainfall, in North Sikkim on Friday (ANI)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 06:50 AM IST
By, , Bengal-sikkim Border

Residents pick up pieces after Sikkim floods leave behind trail of destruction

A glacial lake overflowed in Sikkim following torrential rains and triggered flash floods down the Teesta River.

Buildings inundated after flash floods. (AP)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 06:09 PM IST

Sikkim: Choppers expected to evacuate stranded people, drop relief material

Officials said airlifting stranded people particularly those old and infirm and in need of immediate medical assistance will be the priority

Flood-hit Golitar area in Sikkim. (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 08:44 AM IST

Sikkim town that bore the brunt of flood fury

According to the 2011 census the population of Chungthang was around 10,038, as compared to 3,766 in 2001

Satellite images showed that the town developed rapidly at the confluence of Lachen and Lachung rivers, where the Teesta dam was built, and has grown faster since the dam construction started in 2009 (AFP)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 07:04 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Frantic rescue operation on as Sikkim counts the cost

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

People walk along the area affected by the flood at Golitar, in Singtam, Sikkim, (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 01:05 AM IST

Sikkim: Satellite pics show how lake Lhonak rapidly grew in Sept before outburst

The India Meteorological Department in Gangtok said the lake had rapidly increased in size in just 11 days between September 17 and September 28

A flood-affected locality at Singtam in Gangtok district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Oct 05, 2023 09:31 AM IST

Ignored red flags triggered flash floods in Sikkim

Multiple government agencies and scientific expeditions red-flagged the vulnerability of Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim to a glacial lake outburst flood.

A flood affected locality at Singtam in Gangtok district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 07:09 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Scores feared dead in flash floods in Sikkim

Sikkim declared the floods a disaster and authorities warned that the toll is expected to mount dramatically, with the possibility of missing people being found alive remote

HT Image
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 06:40 AM IST

Jadavpur probe details horrific sexual humiliation of freshman

The 46-page report, compiled after questioning 85 people, throws light on rampant ragging and abuse in the university's hostels.

Supporters of Left Front student organisations protest in front of the Jadavpur University campus in Kolkata over the death of a first-year student. (ANI Photo)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 04:39 AM IST

Loss, denial, mourning: Inside West Bengal’s village of explosives

A village in West Bengal, India, has been in mourning multiple times due to explosions at illegal firecracker factories that have killed many people

At villages like Natun Chandra, teenage boys and men move out to work, mostly to firecracker units, the women can be seen making a living by rolling beedis on the sides of the street. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 01:45 AM IST
By, Sreyasi Pal, Suti (west Bengal)

Man’s passion for planting saplings in Bengal’s remote region draws attention

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

Dukhu Majhi is a resident of Sindri village in West Bengal’s Purulia district. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:46 AM IST
By, Sreyasi Pal

Last phone call home and warning ignored: The night of Jadavpur varsity tragedy

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.

SFI and other Left student organisations protest outside Jadavpur University. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 03:58 AM IST
By, Kolkata:

Oppn ran away from Lok Sabha debate, says Modi

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

HT Image
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, Kolkata/sagar
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