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Villagers' survival at stake in India's disappearing island

The tiny island in Sundarbans delta, home to 4,800 people, is endangered due to climate change.

Nov 30, 2018, 09:08 AM IST

Rebuilding lives of Sundarbans' ''tiger widows''

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Jul 10, 2017, 12:48 PM IST

Deprived of education, 65-year-old yellow cab driver runs two schools, orphanage in Sundarbans

It's been a bumpy ride for a 65-year-old yellow cab driver, Gazi Jalaluddin. A good student who was forced to give up formal education due to poverty, he now runs two schools and an orphanage in his native Sundarbans, ensuring a smoother journey for the underprivileged in a land at the mercy of the rivers.

Apr 13, 2017, 12:37 PM IST

Centre not giving funds to promote Sundarbans: Bengal minister

The West Bengal government today said it was planning to project Sundarbans as a tourist destination, but the Centre was not coming forward with financial help to support the endeavour.

Dec 23, 2015, 21:25 PM IST

Sundarbans to become a district in 2016: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the decision was taken because people in the riverine area have specific set of problems.

Nov 27, 2015, 21:47 PM IST

India's first dolphin community reserve to come up in Bengal

Gangetic river dolphins are an endangered species and in order to preserve them, Bengal will soon acquire the country's first community reserve for the mammal.

Oct 09, 2015, 11:38 AM IST

Drone to track tigers and check encroachers in Sundarbans

To track the movement of tigers and encroachers in protected forest areas, a drone would soon be flying in the Sundarban delta.

Aug 25, 2015, 11:21 AM IST

Programme launched to reduce maternal, infant mortality in Sundarbans

A new community health initiative launched here on Friday aims to reduce maternal and infant mortalities in West Bengal's Sundarban delta region by 10 percent.

Aug 07, 2015, 18:46 PM IST

Rising sea level poses threat to Bengal tigers: IUCN

Rising sea levels caused by climate change threaten to wipe out Sundarbans, a large mangrove forest area shared by India and Bangladesh, and thus world's beautiful Bengal tigers, according to a leading conservation organisation.

Jul 29, 2015, 19:59 PM IST

Tiger population in Bangladesh falls to 106 from 440 in 2004

Bangladesh has only 106 tigers in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, a sharp decline from 440 in 2004 due to unchecked poaching of the endangered animals, following an India-Bangladesh survey, a top forest official said Monday.

Jul 27, 2015, 19:42 PM IST

Fisherman attacked, dragged away by tiger in Sundarbans

A tiger attacked and dragged away a fisherman into the forest at Pirkhali Dobanki in the Sundarbans in West Bengal, forest department officials said Thursday.

Jul 23, 2015, 19:32 PM IST

ZSI monitoring climate change impact on Sundarban animals

To measure the effect of climate change on the flora and fauna of Sundarbans, the Zoological Survey of India has set up monitoring bases inside the mangrove forests.

Jul 02, 2015, 12:12 PM IST

Sea level in Sunderbans rising at an 'alarming' rate per year: World Bank report

A World Bank report has said that the water level in the Sunderbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, is rising at an “alarming” rate, endangering the habitation.

Apr 01, 2015, 11:06 AM IST

Environmental loss in Sundarbans worth Rs 1290 cr: World Bank

 Environmental damage in the climate change-hit islands of Sundarbans is costing India Rs 1,290 crore each year, estimates a latest World Bank report.

Feb 22, 2015, 10:13 AM IST

Dead dolphin spotted in Bangladesh's oil spilled river

First dead dolphin was spotted in the Harinatana-Tambulbunia channel of Shela river in Bangladesh on Saturday, after the massive oil spill earlier this week.

Dec 14, 2014, 23:02 PM IST

Bangladesh use sponges to clean oil spill threatening dolphins

Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons worked on Friday to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins, after environmentalists warned of an ecological "catastrophe".

Dec 12, 2014, 20:59 PM IST

Seven fishermen missing after boat capsizes in Sundarbans

Seven fishermen are missing after a fishing boat capsized at Kedo island in Sundarbans near Bay of Bengal, 250 km from here, early Friday morning.

Dec 12, 2014, 14:50 PM IST

Bangladesh salvages oil-leaking sunken tanker in Sundarbans

Bangladesh on Thursday retrieved an oil-leaking sunken tanker, two days after it capsized in a river at the Sundarbans, as the oil overnight spread in 34,000 hectares at the world's largest mangrove forest.

Dec 12, 2014, 00:49 AM IST

Sundarbans fishermen will be released by Bangladesh soon: Mamata Banerjee

Fishermen from the Sundarbans region of West Bengal who are in the custody of Bangladesh authorities for entering its territory while fishing would return home soon, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said.

Dec 08, 2014, 18:11 PM IST

Court orders judicial remand for 35 Bangladeshi fishermen

 A local court on Saturday remanded 35 arrested Bangladeshi fishermen to 14 days in judicial custody.

Nov 15, 2014, 21:31 PM IST