•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished all on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day which was observed in a befiiting manner throughout the State. The ceremonial march past and celebration of Independence Day was held at Red Road, Kolkata today. Contingents from police, personnel in uniform, school students, cultural and sports groups, tableaus from various departments on themes like Safe Drive Save Life, Kanyashree, Saboojshree, Sabujsathi, Khadyasathi, Biswa Bangla and so many others took part in the beautiful event attended by a huge enthusiastic gathering and distinguished persons from all walks of life. Outstanding police officers were decorated with Police Medals for distinguished service. A presentation on the theme "Ekotai Sampriti" by distinguished artistes and celebrities was an added attraction.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed the Government’s concern about the flood situation across the country. She informed that earlier floods had affected South Bengal and presently North Bengal is also affected. She informed that the Government is monitoring the situation 24X7 for relief and rescue operations.
•  On a visit to Delhi, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a courtesy visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and met the newly-elected Hon’ble President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
•  The West Bengal Assembly on Tuesday passed the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Bill, 2017. While speaking at the State Assembly, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that the State Government had “no option” but to issue the Ordinance on GST as otherwise, the state would not have been able to conduct any treasury operation. She said that the State Government was clearly against the hasty implementation of the new tax regime and had urged the Centre to postpone it by two months. The Government, she said, needed money to pay salaries, make developmental expenditure and others. As the ordinance had a definite lifetime, it had to be ultimately ratified by the State Assembly. She said owing to many objections raised by Hon’ble State Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra at the GST Council meetings, taxes on many items of common use had been lowered. Later, the Hon’ble Chief Minister once again requested political parties in Darjeeling Hills to shun violence so that common people could get some respite from the indefinite shutdown. Urging the political parties to hold discussions with the State Government over its demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, she told the Assembly that schools, offices and tourism have come to a halt due to the bandh in the Hills and the region has suffered huge loss.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the Annual Awards Ceremony of the CAB today at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Former captain of the Indian Cricket team, Sourav Ganguly along with a galaxy of cricketers, sports personalities and sports loving people were present on the occasion. Former Team India captain Jhulan Goswami, Bengal Under 19 Men's Team, Bengal Senior Men's Team, cricketer Manoj Tiwary, coach Palash Nandy and a host of cricketers were conferred awards for outstanding performance on the day.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the Centre was not providing any support for the ‘man-made floods’ that have left many of the districts badly affected in Bengal. She said roads, embankments and bridges have been hit and either washed away or badly damaged due to the floods in the affected areas.
•  On the second day of her visit to North Bengal Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high-level meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council at Uttar Kanya in Siliguri. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that the distributions of pattas in the tea-garden areas are in North Bengal are on process. She also informed that an advisory council is being formed to bring all the developmental projects of the Backward Class development under one umbrella. Later she released a trilingual Santhali dictionary (Santhali-English-Bengali). This dictionary is a first-of-its-kind for the preservation, protection and development of the language.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a public meeting at the Alorani ground at Chopra in Uttar Dinajpur district today after inaugurating and laying the foundation stones of a bouquet of developmental projects for the district. She inaugurated the statue of Rai Saheb Thakur Panchanan Barma from today’s programme and laid the foundation stone for the medical college and hospital in Raiganj .Among the projects inaugurated were government buildings, boys’ hostels, water supply projects. She laid the foundation stones of projects like two power sub-stations, government buildings, housing projects, road projects and hostels for boys and girls. She also distributed benefits under Sabuj Sathi, Siksha Shree, Geetanjali and other schemes. Later the Hon’ble Chief Minister chaired the district review meeting for North Dinajpur and took stock of the progress of development schemes in the district with district officials, public representatives, authorities of private healthcare facilities and schools, chambers of commerce in presence of Departmental Secretaries and senior officials. Students of Raiganj University were present in the meeting to have a first-hand experience of this unique administrative exercise of the Government.