West Bengal Current Affairs

Madhya Pradesh selected for Krishi Karman Award for year 2014-15

Madhya Pradesh has been conferred the Union Government’s prestigious Krishi Karman Award in maximum food grains production category for year 2014-15 for the 4th consecutive year.

MP has been shortlisted for the award in the Integrated Agri Production category for the year 2014-15. It has produced record 328 lakh tonnes in the mentioned period compared to 280 lakh tonnes 2013-14 period.

Earlier the state had won this award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The state will get an amount of five crore rupees along with Krishi Karman award.

Other winners

  • Chhattisgarh: Chosen for achieving growth in production of pulses.
  • West Bengal: Chosen for good agriculture production.
  • Odisha: Chosen for being the best performing state in overall foodgrains production among category-II states.

About Krishi Karman awards

  • Krishi Karman awards are given to Best performer States for raising country’s food grain production.
  • These awards were instituted in 2010-11 for recognising the meritorious efforts of the states in foodgrains production.
  • It comprises of three awards for total food grain production and four awards for production of crops that constitute the food grain viz. rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses.


West Bengal Government approves proposal for formation of 5 new districts

West Bengal Government has approved proposal for formation of five new districts in the state. With this the total number of districts of Bengal will increase to 25.

Decision in this regard was taken by state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.

Five new districts are

  • Kalimpong district: It would be carved out by bifurcating Darjeeling district in north Bengal.
  • Sundarbans district: Currently stretches across parts of the North and South 24 Parganas districts. It shall consists of part of world’s largest mangrove forest.
  • Basirhat district: It would be formed out of North 24 Parganas district.
  • Burdwan (Industrial) district: It would be established by bifurcating existing Burdwan district.
  • Jhargram district: It will be carved out of West Midnapore district.

These new districts will take six months to one year’s time to come into existence after State administration gets formal permission from court and create the basic infrastructure.


ZSI Scientists discovered a new eel species named Bengal moray eel

Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have a discovered a new species of eel named Bengal moray eel (Gymnothorax mishrai) along the coast of Digha in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal.

The Eels are mainly snake-like fishes with fins and gills and are mostly found at bottom of rivers and seas.

About Bengal moray eel

  • Bengal moray eel species is a marine fish species. It is 32.4 cm long and brown in colour. Their body does not have any patterns.
  • This species belonging to moray eel has 134 vertebral bones and has been categorised among the short, brown, patterned moray eels.
  • The fish is edible like other eel species that are mainly consumed in India is limited to the coastal areas.

There are around 800 species of eels species found across the world and India is home to 150-200 of these fish species.