Cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal, rain likely in north India: IMD

A low-pressure area now lies over the central Gujarat region and adjoining areas, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday, adding that the associated cyclonic circulation extends up to mid-tropospheric levels tilting southwest. The monsoon trough is active and south of its normal position, the weather agency said. The IMD said … Read more

Bengal sees deficient rainfall in June, steps being taken to protect crops

West Bengal, since the onset of monsoon in June, has received deficient rainfall in 15 of its 23 districts, raising the likelihood of crops loss in some places, officials said. Steps are being taken by the irrigation department to avert any crisis that may arise due to insufficient rainfall, they said. According … Read more

BA.4, BA.5 subvariants causing Covid-19 spike in West Bengal: Experts

Genome sequencing of Covid positive samples has revealed that Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have started replacing the BA.2 alternative that caused the surge in cases of the infection in West Bengal earlier this year, a senior official of the state health department said on Thursday. According to experts, it is mostly … Read more

Over 1,000 Covid cases in West Bengal after over four months; TPR at 12.74%

West Bengal reported over a thousand new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday for the first time in more than four months as 1,424 people tested positive, the Health Department said The positivity rate jumped to 12.74 per cent from Tuesday’s 9.92 per cent, it said. The new cases were detected after testing 11,176 … Read more

Bengal govt’s Rs 1,500-cr project to dredge 10 rivers gets Centre’s nod

The Centre has approved the West Bengal government’s Rs 1,500-crore ‘Ghatal masterplan’, a mega project to dredge riverbeds and strengthen embankments of at least 10 major rivers in the state, a senior official said on Saturday. The Union government will bear 60 per cent of the expenses, while the … Read more

Bengal Police register FIR against CBI officials probing coal scam case

West Bengal Police on Tuesday filed an FIR against several Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers including the one who is heading the central probe agency’s ongoing probe in the coal smuggling case in the state. The name of the officer is Umesh Kumar. The FIR has been filed … Read more

Monsoon advances in Gangetic Bengal, neighbouring states, heavy rain likely

The southwest monsoon advanced into most parts of Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar on Sunday, the Met department said, forecasting heavy rain in the next two days. The weatherman said that conditions are favourable for the monsoon’s advancement into the remaining portion of Gangetic Bengal and Jharkhand over … Read more

Monsoon likely to advance into Gangetic West Bengal by Friday, says IMD

The much-awaited southwest monsoon is likely to advance into parts of Gangetic West Bengal bringing down high day and night temperatures and humidity in the region and also into the entire sub-Himalayan West Bengal within a day, the Met department said on Thursday. Widespread thundershowers with isolated heavy to … Read more