Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter

shallow focus photo of girl holding newspaper

West Bengal is the only major state in the country where girl students have outnumbered boys. A recent survey released by the Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) shows that only three other states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya have enrolled more girl students than boys. State-wise data released by the UDISE+ shows that of the 18,74,87,792 students enrolled from pre-primary to class XII in the academic session of 2019-20, there are 2,32,012 more girls students than boys. When the number of girl students is 94,89,902, the number of boy students is 92,57,890.

"For the last five years, it has been the continuous effort of the state government to promote and empower girls. The Kanyashree project has been massively successful. Most states in the country including the Central government have similar projects to educate and empower girls but West Bengal's success lies in the implementing mechanism. When the other states tried to reach the grassroots level through Panchayats, West Bengal is the only state where Kanyashree has been implemented through the administrative mechanism," a senior official from the state Women and Child Welfare Department said.

Student This social and administrative compulsion has allowed the girl students better access to schools and education Photo by Nikhita S on Unsplash

Keep Reading Show less


He is doing now what Dharma Vira did as Governor to bring down Bengal's first non-Congress government in the late 1960s. Wikimedia commons

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has warned the state’s newly-elected Trinamool Congress government to “not force me to use my constitutional powers”, sparking a fresh artillery exchange with the ruling party. “He forgot his constitutional position by calling for a change in the state. His appeal was rejected, so old man is now obviously frustrated,” said Trinamool spokesperson Kunal Ghosh, while reacting to the Governor’s warning.

Governor Dhankhar has been touring what he describes as ‘violence-hit areas’ since the Trinamool returned to power with a landslide. His visit to Sitalkuchi in Northern Bengal provoked an angry response from chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who reminded Dhankhar of his constitutional obligations of working on the ‘aid and advice of the elected government.

Keep Reading Show less
Chila Rai is a hero for the Coch people in Bengal and Assam. Pinterest

With the Indian attention fixed on the Bengal elections, Home Minister Amit Shah in a recent visit to Assam declared an interest in naming a battalion of paramilitary forces as Narayani Sena – a tribute to the famed forces of the Cooch rulers and that training center would be named after Bir Chila Rai who was the commander in chief of the Cooch Behar kings. Shukladhwaj Singha or Chila Rai was the third son of Maharaja Viswa Singha and his mother Padmavati was from the Gaur. Chilarai was instrumental in giving Srimanta Sankardev protection and shelter, as well as marrying his niece Kamalapriya (alias Bhubaneswari). It was only due to his Royal Patronage that Sankaradev was able to establish the Ek Saran Naam Dharma in Assam and bring about his cultural renaissance. His son and grandson were responsible for breaking away of Koch Hajo from the parent kingdom.

Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated.

Keep Reading Show less
Kolkata has become a place where budding entrepreneurs are bringing new waves of innovation. Unsplash

There was a time when entrepreneurs in Kolkata used to fly to other cities such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Delhi to set up ventures, making the growth of the city’s startup ecosystem quite slow. But the trend has started to change dramatically. Today, the City of Joy has become a place where budding entrepreneurs are bringing new waves of innovation, making the city’s startup fraternity highly optimistic. Kolkata has already given birth to some leading Indian startups such as Wow! Momo, which raised whopping funding of $23 million from Tiger Global Management last year that increased its valuation to $120 million.

The transformation in the startup scene of Kolkata has naturally attracted many leading coworking space providers to open up branches here. No matter what kind of industry you’re into, you’ll be welcomed with a wide choice of coworking spaces in Kolkata.

Keep reading... Show less