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KOLKATA: After Mamata Banerjee's cabinet resolved to drop the word 'West' from the state's name, Bangladesh gave mixed reactions to the. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 1 sharpened her attack on the BJP over the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). Impact of West Bengal Politics on India–Bangladesh Relations .. certain sectors that because of the trade lobbies, India was not opening up.
He termed the move as a "very good step", saying Bengal and Calcutta were "Europhile" names. The West Bengal Assembly today passed a resolution to rename the state to Bangla. The state will now have to wait for a nod from the Union Home Ministry for the resolution's final approval.
But I feel Bengal would have made much more sense, and have had historical relevance. But politicians try to appeal to local sentiments. Author, poet and musician Amit Chaudhuri, who has been fighting to save the built heritage of Kolkata, termed the decision an "exercise in futility" to "score political points". Had it been accompanied with real work in reviving of the industry and art and culture of Bengal, I would have understood, but is the real work happening.
Look at the plight of heritage in our city Kolkata ," he rued. Did we become a better city? Did the living standards and quality of life of people improve? Did our institutions become better, on the other hand they became more politicised.
And, I personally feel, old names should not be changed. Bengal is fine," he said. Artist Subhaprasanna Bhattacharjee, who is also the chairman of the West Bengal Heritage Commission WBHCclaimed the renaming of the state to Bangla has been a "long-standing demand" of the people, and it will reflect our "Bengali pride".
In the sub-Himalayan region, rainfall is considerably greater. The year may be broadly divided into three marked seasons—the hot and dry season March to early Junewith dry sultry days and frequent thunderstorms; the hot and wet season mid-June to Septemberwhen rain-bearing monsoon winds blow from the southwest; and the cold cool season October to Februarywhen days are dry and clear and stable atmospheric conditions prevail. Plant and animal life Forests occupy more than one-tenth of the total land area of the state, and the region as a whole has a rich and varied plant life.
In the sub-Himalayan plains the principal forest trees include sal Shorea robusta and shisham, or Indian rosewood Dalbergia sissoo ; the forests are interspersed with reeds and tall grasses.
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On the Himalayan heights vegetation varies according to the elevation, with coniferous belts occurring at higher levels. The delta of the Hugli constitutes the western end of the dense coastal mangrove forest called the Sundarbans.
A large portion of that unreclaimed and sparsely populated area bordering Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal has been set aside as a national park and also along with the portion in Bangladesh as a UNESCO World Heritage site designated Jayanta Debnath The forests are inhabited by tigersleopardselephantsgaurs wild cattleand rhinocerosesas well as by other animals of the Indian plain, large and small. Reptiles and birds include the same species as are common throughout the Indian subcontinent.
In addition to the Sundarbans park, the state has several other protected natural areas, including Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and a tiger reserve. Of those living in urban areas, more than half reside in greater Kolkata.
Niyogi Of the different religions, Hinduism claims the adherence of more than three-fourths of the population. Most of the remainder is Muslim. Throughout the state, BuddhistsChristiansJainsand Sikhs constitute small minority communities. Bengalithe main language of the state, is spoken by much of the population.
Other languages include HindiSantaliUrdu primarily the language of Muslimsand Nepali spoken largely in the area of Darjiling. A small number of people speak Kurukhthe language of the Oraon indigenous group.
English, together with Bengali, is the language of administration, and English and Hindi serve as lingua francas at the national level. Economy Agriculture Agriculture dominates both the landscape and the economy of West Bengal. Its proportion of agricultural land is among the highest of all the Indian states. Ricewhich requires extensive irrigation, is the leading crop in nearly every area. Other major crops are sugarcane and oilseeds.
Jute is especially prominent along the border with Bangladesh and south of the Ganges River. Mangoes, jackfruit, and bananas are widely produced in the southern and central portions of the state. Wheat and potatoes are produced as winter crops throughout the south. The northern areas around Darjiling and Jalpaiguri have long been known for their production of high-quality tea.
The Darjiling region also produces oranges, apples, pineapples, gingerand cardamom. Another significant industrial region is located along the Damodar River. There are steel plants at Durgapur and Burnpur and a locomotive plant at Chittaranjan.
Haldia, the terminus of an oil pipeline from Assam and the site of a large oil refinery, also has a petrochemical industry. Other important manufactures include ships, automobiles, chemicals and fertilizers, wagons, electronics, paper, juteand cotton textiles. The state has a large number of small-scale and cottage industries as well. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the only mineral resources of West Bengal that sustained nationally significant exploitation were coal and clay for brickmaking.
Trade, finance, insurance, and related activities have grown significantly, and tourism has become increasingly important. Also experiencing growth has been the information technology sector. Kolkata is the financial centre for both the state and eastern India. Transportation Local river transportation was augmented by steam navigation in the 19th century—first introduced between Kolkata, Allahabad Uttar Pradeshand Guwahati Assam. The division of Bengal in and the ongoing deterioration of river channels have disrupted river transport.
Nevertheless, Kolkata and its sister port of Haldia, farther south, still handle international trade. West Bengal saw the inauguration of the railway system in eastern India inand local railway headquarters are now located in the state.
Kolkata was the first Indian city to open an underground railway system.
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National highways link West Bengal with the rest of India, while state highways provide internal connections. There is an international airport at Kolkata as well as several smaller airfields within the state. Monster eagle Government and society Constitutional framework The structure of the government of West Bengal, like that of most Indian states, is determined by the national constitution of The head of state is the governor, who is appointed by the president of India.
The elected Council of Ministers, with a chief minister at its head, aids and advises the governor. The chief minister is appointed by the governor, and the other ministers are appointed by the governor on the advice of the chief minister. The Council of Ministers is collectively responsible to the state legislature, which consists of a single house, the Legislative Assembly Vidhan Sabha.
The constitution provides for a High Court; its chief justice and judges are appointed by the president of India. Other judges are appointed by the governor. The state is divided administratively into a number of districts. Each district, except that of Kolkata, is administered by a collector, who is also the district magistrate. Districts, in turn, are divided into subdivisions, each administered by a subdivisional officer.
Units of police jurisdiction vary in area according to population. Most encompass several mawzas villages. With the object of developing rural self-government, mawzas were grouped together under elected local authorities known as panchayat s.
Established under the West Bengal Panchayat Act ofpanchayats are entrusted with sanitary and conservation services and with the supervision of the village police and the development of cottage industries. A three-tiered panchayat system, comprising several thousand village-level panchayats, several hundred intermediate-level panchayats, and more than a dozen district-level panchayats, covers the rural area. Health and welfare Medical facilities include hospitals, clinics, health centres, and dispensaries.
Family-planning services are available in district bureaus, as well as in urban and rural centres.