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West Bengal

Governor : Shri MK Narayanan

Chief Minister : Mamata Banerjee

Capital: Kolkata

Legislature: Unicameral

Lok Sabha seats: 42

Judicature: Kolkata High Court

Languages: Bengali

Population density: 904/sq km

No. of districts: 19

Main crops: Rice, wheat, maize, barley, gram, peas, jute, tea, pan leaf, oilseeds, tobacco, sugarcane

Rivers: Hooghly, Ganga, Bhagirathi, Mayurakshi, Damodar

Minerals: Coal and petroleum

Industries: Engineering goods, automobiles, chemicals, cotton, jute, tea, paper fisheries

Airports: Calcutta and Bagdorga

PHYSICAL FEATURES

Stretching from the Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south, West Bengal is primarily composed of plain land, except the north where the southern flank of the Himalayas extends into the state. Part of the Ganga- Brahmaputra delta constitutes the eastern part of West Bengal. From the northern highlands to the tropical forests of Sunderbans, variations in altitude result in great variety in nature and climate.

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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The state gets its name from the ancient kingdom of Vanga, or Banga. Around 3 BC, it formed part of the extensive Mauryan Empire. The region was then taken over into the Gupta Empire and later came under the rule of the Pala dynasty. From the 13th to the 18th centuries Bengal was under Muslim rule, and came under British control following Robert Clive’s conquest over the region in 1757. In 1773, Warren Hastings, the governor of Bengal, became the first Governor General of Bengal with powers over the Madras and Bombay Presidencies as well. In 1905, Bengal was partitioned into two provinces in spite of violent protests. Continued opposition to the partition led to the reunification of the state in 1911. At the time of independence, the eastern part of Bengal became East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) and the western part became the Indian state of West Bengal. The princely state of Cooch Behar was integrated with West Bengal in 1950. The state also gained some territory from Bihar after the reorganization of Indian states in 1956.

POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

1905 – Bengal was Partitioned into two provinces.

1911 – Reunion of Bengal 1947 – Merger of native settlement began

1956- Bengali speaking areas were transferred to West Bengal.

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By:Swarup | On:27-JUL-2014 02:07:56


The present Governor of West Bengal is Mr. Keshari Nath Tripathi....


By:abhishek | On:01-APR-2014 19:16:07


i need more gk type information of west bangal(cutrent & anncient)


By:salman | On:19-MAR-2014 14:29:12


bhai kis jamane m jee rahe ho, sarkar ulat fulat ho geya hai... news parho ja k..


By:MD Shoyeb | On:10-MAR-2014 04:11:48


pls update


By:Sourav the boss | On:28-JAN-2014 23:05:39


this is old news.


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