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West Bengal

Fast-developing nations still home to half of world’s hungry and malnourished people: report

Author(s): DTE Staff 
Issue Date: Mar 19, 2015
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these fast-expanding, middle-income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry people, numbering 363 million, says a new report.

Eastern coast of India to witness heavy rains this week

Posted on: 29 Dec, 2014
Bay of Bengal likely to host a tropical depression So far, the north Indian Ocean cyclone season has seen eight depressions (low pressure systems with maximum wind speed between 32 and 50 km/hr), five deep depressions (with maximum wind speed between 51 and 59 km/hr), three cyclonic storms (maximum wind speed between 60 and 90 km/hr), two severe cyclonic storms (with maximum wind speed between 90 and 119 km/hr) and two very severe cyclonic storms (cyclones Hudhud and Nilofar).  

Coal quandary

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2014
  Dirty picture Fate of 218 coal blocks in limbo; Centre seeks to cancel mines yet to be developed ON SEPTEMBER 9, the Supreme Court reserved its judgement on the fate of the 218 coal blocks it had declared illegal a fortnight ago. See also:  Video Senior supreme court lawyer Prashant Bhushan talks about how mining leases should be given; the role of CBI in the coal scam and his involvement in other litigations on mining  

Good ol' dug well

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2014

Saving for rainy days

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2014
Subedan Bibi’s mud hut is a few metres from the banks of the Bakchara river, a distributary of the Hugli in Sunderbans region of South 24 Parganas. When the river is in spate she and most others of Goyadham village move to the main market in the nearby block. “Floods and storms destroy everything, even the grains that we store at home.

Crushed and torn

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014

Feted and forgotten: poster girl of Polio

Issue Date: Mar 27, 2014
Featured in many national and international programmes and media reports, Rukhshar Khatun has now become a symbol of India’s fight and victory over polio. A resident of Shahpara village in Howrah district of West Bengal, she was only eight months old in 2011 when her parents Abdul Shah and Shobejan Begum observed that her right leg was swollen and the girl was suffering from fever. She was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where she was diagnosed with polio.
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