December 15, 2011 |
Indian officials ordered a criminal investigation Thursday after more than 120 people died within 48 hours of drinking tainted bootleg alcohol in the state of West Bengal. The death toll was expected to rise given that dozens of patients remained in critical condition in area hospitals. The government of the eastern state promised to give $4,000 to each victim's family and arrested seven people on suspicion of selling the liquor, although those who manufactured it were reportedly on the run. "My husband used to drink every day, and last night he also was drinking," an unidentified woman dressed in a blue sari told the Times Now television network.
May 14, 2011 |
India wrapped up its biggest political event of the year Friday as results were announced in four state elections, including an end to the communist government in West Bengal after 34 years in power. In Tamil Nadu, a party linked to a massive corruption scandal also lost despite a promise to give away millions of food processors, laptop computers and even houses. The elections, in a nation proud of its status as the world's largest democracy (a sign reminds you in four languages as you enter from Pakistan)
October 22, 2010 |
Here in the world's largest democracy, monsoons and Bollywood blockbusters may come and go, but one thing has proven proved remarkably consistent: government in West Bengal. The populous eastern state boasts the world's longest-serving popularly elected Communist government, with 33 years under its (bright red) belt. That record is now threatened, however, by Mamata Banerjee, known as the scrappy "Bengal tigress," who is redefining politics here from her perch atop India's bloated Ministry of Railways.
July 20, 2010 |
A speeding passenger train slammed into another train stopped at a depot in eastern India early Monday, killing at least 60 people and injuring 90 in the second major rail disaster in the region in just over seven weeks. The collision occurred in the eastern state of West Bengal, the site of a May 28 crash between a passenger train and a cargo train that killed 145 . In that crash, the passenger train derailed before striking the cargo train, and authorities eventually blamed the incident on sabotage by Maoist rebels.
May 28, 2010 |
Sabotage by Maoist rebels was suspected after an Indian passenger train derailed early Friday, sending railroad cars crashing onto an adjoining track. An oncoming freight train slammed into many of those cars, killing at least 65 people and injuring 200. The area of West Bengal state where the disaster occurred, near the city of Sardiha and about 90 miles southwest of Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is a known Maoist stronghold that has seen several recent attacks. There was initial confusion on the exact cause of the disaster, with some officials and the engineer on the passenger train blaming an explosion, some uninjured passengers saying they heard no blast, and police saying metal parts used to hold sections of track together were missing and apparently removed in an act of sabotage.
September 22, 2009 |
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Bhutan, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens, officials and the state-run Bhutan Broadcasting Service said. The quake was centered about 100 miles east of the capital, Thimphu, at a depth of 4.5 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. At least five people were killed in Mongar district, the epicenter, while the rest died in landslides in the mountainous region, the radio said. "Houses, and monasteries and roads have been damaged.