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West Bengal

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.

Simulating real-life networks

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2014
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Jumbo conflict

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2014
  EAST-CENTRAL LANDSCAPE See also:  Much like Maoists Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Hungry gods Author(s): Sayantan Bera Extreme measure Author(s): M Suchitra Black elephant v white elephant Author(s): Alok Gupta Conflict of interest Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Why do they raid crops? Author(s): M Suchitra Conflicts are no less around national parks, sanctuaries Author(s): M Suchitra Interview ‘Elephant conservation is not exactly anybody’s priority’ Interviewee: M D Madhusudan Photo Gallery Man v elephant Reporter’s Diary On the trail of rampaging elephants Map On the move  

Fishing in new waters

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2014

Power packed green

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2013
Poi saag is a favourite in most Bengali homes. Lip-smacking dishes and snacks are prepared with this leafy vegetable. Mong toi in Vietnam, shaan choi in China and remayong in Malayasia, Malabar spinach quickly creeps along garden hedges or in pots and so is also called vine spinach. Its Basella alba variety has green stems and Basella rubra variety has red stems, making it a beautiful edible landscaping vine. See also:  Food book Biodiversity on a platter  
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