Wednesday, July 12, 2006

West Bengal at a Glance


WEST BENGAL
AT A GLANCE


West Bengal is popularly known as
Bangla.
It is the dear name by which we call our land affectionately.

· Capital: Kolkata
· Largest City: Kolkata
· Population: 80,221,171
(4th Largest State in India, Larger than Australia, Argentina, Israel, Italy, Canada, France, Greece, Germany, South Africa.)
· Literacy Rate: 69.22%

· Density: 904/km²
(According to 2001 Census)



· Area: 88,752 km²
(13th Largest State in India, Larger than Belgium, Netherlands, Israel)

· Districts: 19


1. Bankura
2. Bardhaman
3. Birbhum
4. Cooch Behar
5. Darjeeling District
6. East Midnapore
7. Hooghly
8. Howrah
9. Jalpaiguri
10. Kolkata
11. Malda
12. Murshidabad
13. Nadia District
14. North 24 Parganas
15. North Dinajpur
16. Purulia
17. South 24 Parganas
18. South Dinajpur
19. West Midnapore

· Official Language (s): Bengali, Nepali (Darjeeling Hills), Santhali
· Road Length: 79,255 km including 1715 km NH. (March, 1999)
· Railway Length: 3,697.25 km.
· Railways: Eastern Railway (Kolkata), South Eastern Railway (Kolkata), Northeast Frontier Railway, Metro Railway (Kolkata), Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Kolkata Light Rail Network (Proposed).
· Airports: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (Dum Dum, Calcutta), Bagdogra, Kalaikunda, Panagarh, Malda, Barrackpur, Behala, Balurghat and Coochbehar, Greenfield Airport, Kolkata (Proposed).
· Ports: Kolkata, Haldia, Falta (Proposed)
· No. Of Schools: 59,551
· No. Of Colleges: 442
· No of. Universities: 28
· Major Universities:
1. University of Calcutta, Kolkata
2. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
3. Rabindra-Bharati University, Kolkata
4. Visva-Bharati University, Bolpur
5. Bardhaman University, Bardhaman
6. Kalyani University, Kalyani
7. North Bengal University, Siliguri
8. Vidyasagar University, Medinipur
9. Netaji Subhash Open University, Kolkata
10. Sibpur Bengal Engineering University, Howrah
11. Bidhanchandra Agricultural University, Mohunpur, Nadia
12. West Bengal Engineering University, Kolkata
13. National University of Juridical Sciences, Bidhan Nagar
14. North Bengal Agricultural University, Cooch Behar
· Major Festivals –Poila Boishakh, Durga Puja, Dipaboli, Rathajatra, Basanta-Utsab, Book Fairs, Film Festivals, Borodin, Eid
· Major Tourist Attractions: Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sunderbans, Bishnupur, Murshidabad, Digha, Kamarpukur-Jairambati, Belur, Santiniketan, Cooch Behar, Jaldapara, Gorumara etc.
· Music: Rabindra Sangit, Adhunik, Atulprasadi, Dwijendragiti, Nazrul Geeti, Puratani, Shyama Sangit, Kirtan, Agomoni-Bijoya, Baul, Jhumur, Bangla Band, Nepali Band, Santhali Folk etc.
· Dances: Chhou Nach (Folk), Rabindra Nritya (Bengali Classical), Gourhiya Nritya (Classical), Modern Bengali Dance.
· Handlooms and Crafts –Baluchari Sari, Santipuri Tant Sari, Murshidabad Silk Sari, Kantha Embroidary, Clay works of Krishnanagar and Kumartuli (Kolkata), Teracotta works of Bishnupur, Stone Craft of Susunia (Bankura), Cane Craft of Medinipur, Metalic Craft of Rarh Region, etc.
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Created by Mukto-Bongo:
WHAT WEST BENGAL NEEDS

Bengal needs a status of Free Sovereign State, their own National Flag, National Army, National Navy and National Air Force, A Defense Ministry, and an Ambassador in the capitals of every Free Country. Bengal needs Political, Cultural and Economical Freedom. Bengal’s First and Foremost want is Independent Sovereign Bengali Nation, habited by Bengalis, Santhalis, Gorkhas and other Bengali Tribes.
Support Mukto-Bongo, Free our Land.

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