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2008-07-11 00:00:00

By Law Kumar Mishra DHANBAD: Jharia Development and Rehabilitation Authority on Tuesday decided to set up eight new townships between Dhanbad in Jharkhand and Raniganj in West Bengal to house more than one lakh families to be displaced by underground fires raging for several decades in coalfield areas. The decision was taken at Dhanbad after a meeting between representatives of Coal India Limited, Bharat Coking Coal Limited, Eastern Coalfield Limited, Central Mining Project and...

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2008-01-30 13:35:00

Following the spread of bird flu throughout 13 of India's19 West Bengal districts, the country has taken steps to stem an outbreak of the virus in the heavily populated area.Hundreds of goats, pigs and wild birds have died since the H5N1 virus hit West Bengal's Birbhum district earlier this month.  It was the fourth outbreak of bird flu in India since 2006, but there have been no confirmation these deaths were due to the H5N1 virus.Workers are spraying roads and markets with...

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2008-01-18 14:35:00

The World Health Organization has described the current bird flu outbreak as India's most serious outbreak thus far. The virus has been found over three districts according to the agriculture ministry, and more than 60,000 birds have died. The outbreak worsens as ignorance about the virus stops efforts that the ministry is making to contain the spread. Villagers in India continue to dump dead birds in ponds, despite health workers promptings to stop. West Bengal has been ordered to kill...

2008-01-17 00:20:00

Government health officials in India are investigating hundreds of bird deaths in the eastern part of the country to determine if a recent bird flu outbreak that killed 54,000 birds has spread to new areas of the country.  The dead birds were found yesterday in four districts of West Bengal state, causing officials to issue new areas under watch for the H5N1 bird flu virus.  These include Nadia, Murshidabad, Burdwan and South 24 Parganas districts in West Bengal state.  Anisur...

2006-09-01 02:07:05

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Thousands of protected birds are being killed in India's West Bengal state to meet demand from drummers who want to decorate their instruments with feathers, officials and activists said. Egrets, pheasants and herons as well as endangered open bill storks are being trapped illegally or shot by arrows ahead of two important Hindu festivals, which will be celebrated in late September and early October. "We have learned that drummers...

2006-09-01 02:00:00

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Thousands of protected birds are being killed in India's West Bengal state to meet demand from drummers who want to decorate their instruments with feathers, officials and activists said. Egrets, pheasants and herons as well as endangered open bill storks are being trapped illegally or shot by arrows ahead of two important Hindu festivals, which will be celebrated in late September and early October. "We have learned that drummers employed by...

2006-07-27 23:48:13

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA (Reuters) - Pakistan has sought the help of an Indian state to revamp its system of madrasas after accusations some of the Islamic schools teach religious hatred and are breeding grounds for militancy. The Pakistani mission in New Delhi has written to the government of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, ruled by communists for nearly three decades, seeking to study the state's success at reforming its Islamic schools. Madrasas in the state teach...

2006-05-11 02:39:19

By Y.P. Rajesh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian communists were set to sweep two out of five state assembly elections as votes were counted on Thursday, with the ruling Congress party struggling in its biggest electoral test since coming to power two years ago. The state vote, however, is not being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two years in power as regional issues dominated campaigns in all states. The results are not expected to drastically change power...

2006-05-09 07:25:00

By Kamil Zaheer GOTALA HAT, India (Reuters) - Farm laborer Allauddin Sheikh voted last month for yet another term for the world's longest-running elected communist government in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Allauddin earns around 80 rupees a day ($1.80), but he is guaranteed work and a certain share of the produce he tills, thanks to sweeping land reforms brought by the Left Front government. His children don't have to go hungry and that is reason enough to vote for the...

2006-05-08 10:21:47

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Indian voters braved blistering summer heat on Monday as marathon state elections drew to a close with ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi looking set to regain her parliamentary seat in a by-election. The polls are being seen by analysts as the biggest electoral test of the federal alliance since it came to power in 2004. An exit poll telecast by the Times Now TV channel forecast setbacks for the Congress, which heads the federal...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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