West Bengal

K.N. Tripathi sworn in as Governor of Mizoram

West Bengal and Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi took additional charge of Mizoram . He was sworn in as 16th Governor of Mizoram on 4 April 2015.

Justice Michael Zothankhuma of the Gauhati High Court administered oath of office to him at Raj Bhavan in Aizawal.

Tripathi was given additional charge of Mizoram after Union Government had sacked then Governor Aziz Qureshi.

About Keshari Nath Tripathi

  • Tripathi was member of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly for six times and had represented BJP.
  • He also had served as the Speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly three consecutive times in 1991, 1997 and 2002.
  • He also had held position of Cabinet Minister from 1977-1979 in UP Government.
  • Tripathi had practised as a lawyer in the Allahabad High Court from 1956. From 1987 to 1989, he was the President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association.

Article 153 of Constitution- It says that there shall be Governor for each state. 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.


Environmental loss in Sundarbans worth Rs. 1290 Crore: World Bank Report

As per World Bank’s recently released report Building Resilience for Sustainable Development of the Sundarbans, environmental damage in the climate change-hit islands of Sundarbans is costing India Rs. 1,290 crore each year.

This report was jointly prepared by World Bank in collaboration with the West Bengal government.

Key facts of report

  • Losses- Annually the cost of environmental damage associated with ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss is about Rs. 670 crore. While, the cost of health effects due to poor environment is estimated at Rs. 620 crore.
  • Factors- The losses are due to combination of factors associated with unsustainable and inefficient economic activities in Sundarbans.
  • These factors include mangrove destruction, impact of cyclones, reduced agricultural yields and unsustainable fisheries as well as destruction of ecosystem services.
  • Cyclones- Damage costs from cyclones are the highest and accounts for damages worth Rs. 290 crore. It also includes damages to houses, agriculture, human injuries and fatalities.
  • Health issues- Due to environmental degradation, villagers in Sundarbans are suffering from poor health outcomes. This degradation is generally in the form of adverse natural events, such as cyclones and storms and increases in soil salinity.
  • These risk factors contribute considerably to mortality and morbidity, particularly among women and children.
  • Other losses- Climate change along with the sea level rise also has resulted in shrimp losses, carbon sequestration losses associated with degradation of mangrove forest, soil salinity in terms of impact on rice yields, loss of biodiversity and agricultural land losses.

About Sundarbans

Sundarbans is an archipelago of 54 islands and is home to about 44 lakh people. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In recent times it is hit hard by an increase in floods, storms, salinity and erosion caused by rising sea-levels and global warming.


Kolkata becomes India’s first Wi-Fi-enabled metro city

Kolkata has become India’s first Wi-Fi-enabled metro city as the service was launched from Park Street in city.

This 4th Generation (4G) free Wi-fi service was launched by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Free Wi-fi service will be will be rolled out in phased manner in all the wards under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) as well as adjacent areas of Kolkata. The whole city is expected to come under Wi-Fi coverage by mid-April in 2015.

Private telecom operator, Reliance Jio is providing the 4G enabled service Wi-fi s in the city.