West Bengal

India’s first Dolphin Community Reserve to come up in West Bengal

India’s first Dolphin Community Reserve will be established in West Bengal to protect the endangered mammal, Gangetic river dolphins.

Decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the State Wildlife Board chaired by state Chief Wildlife Warden Azam Zaidi.

The reserve would be set up in the Hooghly River between Malda and Sundarbans as per provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

State Forest department also has announced that it would also conduct a census to estimate the population of dolphins.

About Gangetic river dolphins

  • Gangetic river dolphins is India’s national aquatic animal and is often known as the ‘Tiger of the Ganges’.
  • This dolphin species is an indicator animal which represent healthy river ecosystem in a same position as a tiger in a forest. Their population is estimated to be less than 2,000 in the country.
  • Threats: Some of the major threats are habitat fragmentation due to construction of dams and barrages, direct killing, indiscriminate fishing and pollution of rivers.

Hooghly River in West Bengal is the last stretch of the Ganges River. It passes through the densely populated Kolkata city and finally meets Bay of Bengal in the Sundarbans.


Sourav Ganguly appointed CAB president

Former Indian Cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

It was announced by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata in Kolkata. Sourav Ganguly will succeed Jagmohan Dalmiya as the post fallen vacant following his death.

Prior to this appointment, Ganguly was the Joint-secretary of the CAB. Avishek Dalmiya, son of Jagmohan Dalmiya will now succeed Ganguly as Joint-secretary of the CAB.

About Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)

  • CAB is the nodal governing body for cricket in West Bengal.
  • Its headquarters is located at Eden Gardens stadium, Kolkata.
  • It organizes different types of cricket tournaments in West Bengal.


BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away in in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 75.

As a cricket administrator, he is hailed as the architect for the rise of Cricket in India and its financial superpower.

About Jagmohan Dalmiya
  • Dalmiya was involved with the BCCI for more than three decades and had started his journey as its treasurer in 1983 before becoming its secretary.
  • For the first time, he became BCCI president in 2001 and continued till 2004. For second time, he became President of BCCI in March 2015.
  • Dalmiya also had served as President of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 1997 to 2000. He was first Indian and first Asian to head the ICC.
  • He was also instrumental in organising cricket World Cups to the Indian sub-continent in 1987 and 1996.