West Bengal Current Affairs - 2019

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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.

Month: Categories: States


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.

Month: Categories: Environment & Biodiversity