NEWS
29/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a high-level meeting at Nabanna to strategize on the preventive measures to be adopted to tackle mosquito-borne diseases. Present at the meeting were the Hon’ble Minister of State for Health Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya and the Hon’ble Mayors of Kolkata, Bidhannagar and Howrah besides other officials.

•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee exhorted the youths to follow the ideals of Swami Vivekananda to be a good human being, while addressing a gathering on the concluding ceremony of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at the Ramakrishna Math and Mission at Belur. The state government has dedicated two chairs in memory of the saint in the Calcutta University and the Presidency University, she said. A police outpost and a guest house were set up near the Belur Math complex, said the Chief Minister on the occasion.
28/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 38th International Kolkata Book Fair at Milan Mela in Kolkata. She informed that the theme country of this year’s Book Fair was Peru. She said that from January 29 to February 9, the Book Fair ground at Milan Mela Complex will turn into a sea of book lovers, authors, publishers, people from all ages and people from all walks of life, in search of books and more. She greeted all the booklovers.

•  The West Bengal Tableaux in the Republic Day Parade, 2014 at New Delhi has been selected as the best and ranked first. This year, the theme of the tableaux was “Chhou Dance” (Mask Dance) of Purulia. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent out her heartiest congratulations to the participants and to all those who put up the great show.
26/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the Republic Day parade held at the Red Road. Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Sri M K Narayanan hoisted the national flag at the ceremony. March-past of armed and police forces, colourful parade and procession with decorated tableaux portraying the state's culture and heritage were highlights of the programme.
25/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated a Civil Service Study Centre, a coaching center for candidates preparing for IAS, IPS, WBCS (Exe) etc. at the Administrative Training Institute, Salt Lake. Encouraging the bright and young students for appearing the UPSC examination she said that in West Bengal there are lots of opportunities and scopes to work in the administrative service. Around sixteen senior IAS and IPS officers of the state will take classes to guide students at the study centre.

•  On the eve of our country’s 65th Republic Day, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended her heartiest greetings and best wishes to all her fellow countrymen, brothers and sisters. She saluted all those whose selfless toil, struggle and sacrifice gave us our freedom and established democracy in the country. She informed that the Government has always placed people above everything else. The plans, programmes, policies and priorities are always people-centric, she added. The Government is firmly committed to protect the interests of the common people and the deprived sections of society, all religions, caste, creed and communities, she informed. She urged all stay united for the sake of the country.
23/01/2014
•  The birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was celebrated all through the state. The celebration of Netaji’s 118th birthday was held at Darjeeling for the first time in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The celebration programme began at 12.15 pm with the sounds of siren and conch shells. Hon'ble Chief Minister paid floral tribute to the great son of the soil in presence of the GTA Chief Executive and the Chief Secretary of the state. Distinguished personalities from the fields of art and culture were present at the ceremony.
22/01/2014
•  Roy Villa, the house where Sister Nivedita breathed her last was renovated under the instruction of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The house has now been transformed to Nivedita Educational & Cultural Institute. In a programme organized by the Ramkrishna Mission, the Educational & Cultural Institute was inaugurated today by the Chief Minister. The renovation process was completed in just six months, the Chief Minister informed.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at a prize distribution ceremony at Lebong Stadium in Darjeeling. Many sports personalities were felicitated by the Chief Minister on the occasion. A two-month long sports competition was held in parts of North Bengal, jointly organized by Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri District Police, Siliguri Police Commissionerate and the State Sports Department. The Chief Minister handed over prizes to the winners. She announced that Darjeeling Gold Cup tournament will be resumed soon. She also distributed aids and services among the people present.
21/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the National Convention organized by the Tamang community at Mirik in Darjeeling. She announced that the State Government has decided to set up a development and cultural board for the Tamangs.
20/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today began her 4-day North Bengal tour. On reaching Siliguri she inaugurated Uttar Kanya, the first-ever Branch Secretariat of West Bengal Government in North Bengal, thus fulfilling a long standing demand of the people of this region. The Chief Minister inaugurated several projects for the progress of North Bengal and laid the foundation of various new development initiatives for the region. Speaking on the occasion, WB CM sent a stern message to the separatist groups, asking them to desist from indulging in violence.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the third edition of the five-day Uttar Banga Utsav at the Kanchanjungha stadium in Siliguri. Giving the Chief Minister a hand in lighting the inaugural lamp were actor Prosenjit and music director and singer/ composer, Bapi Lahiri. The Chief Minister felicitated seven personalities of the six districts in North Bengal for their contribution to the region in various fields. The seven personalities receiving this year’s ‘Banga Samman’ awards were educationist Pradyut Ghosh, scientist Sandip Chakrabarty, ‘charon kobi’ Md Zahiruddin Mian, folk singer Dhaneswar Roy, litterateurs Satyaranjan Das and Pranab Kumar Mukherjee and former IPS officer Krishna Singh Moktan. She also awarded a student, Pritam Chettri from Madarihat for his invention of a safety device for cooking gas cylinders, while she gave away scholarships worth Rs 10,000 each to 135 students of different areas of the region. She further announced cash rewards for different sports clubs in the region for improvement of sports and games.
18/01/2014
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee distributed awards for outstanding service to personnel from the Kolkata police force in its annual investiture ceremony. Apart from the police force, several civilians who performed outstanding acts of bravery in service of other citizens were also honoured. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister highlighted the schemes launched by the Govt for the police force, and praised the forces for their contribution to the society. She asked them to work with dedication and perform their duties well.
17/01/2014
•  Legendary actress Suchitra Sen breathed her last at the age of 83. Her last rites were performed at Keoratala Crematorium. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her grief over the death of the legend. The State Government, in the presence of the Chief Minister, honoured the legend with Gun Salute during her last rites.
15/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that the State Government had decided to excavate 10,000 water bodies every year in the State, so that 50,000 water bodies are excavated in five years’ time through a programme named `Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo’ (water harvesting). Within only two and half years the Government has exceeded the five-year target and already excavated 1,02,618 water bodies. The Chief Minister informed that in the present scenario of global warming, it is necessary to focus on ecological balancing. These water bodies will play a significant role not only in ecological balancing, but also in water harvesting, pisciculture and supporting micro-irrigation in the rural areas, she informed.
14/01/2014
•  The Vice Chancellor of the Presidency University had a meeting with Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna and regarding the 2nd campus of the Presidency University at Rajarhat.
13/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished Tamil and Assamese brothers and sisters on the occasion of Puthandu-Vazthukal and Bhogali Bihu.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed all the pilgrims coming to the state from different states on the eve of Makar Sankranti and Gangasagar Festival.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished the people of the state on the occasion of Eid e Miladun Nabi.
11/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that WB is ranked first in the country in terms of credit flow in MSME sector. During April to September 2012, the credit flow from banks in MSME sector in Bengal was the highest at Rs 4,331 crore, she announced. She informed that the state is in the No.1 position during the period April-September 2013, with the highest credit flow of Rs. 8900 Crore to the MSME sector and it was more than 105% increase on year-to-year basis.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a courtesy visit to the Hon’ble President of India at Raj Bhavan.
10/01/2014
•  The State Government observed the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda through yearlong programmes. At the concluding part of the celebration, for the first time, the state Government in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, organized a colourful ceremony to pay homage to Swamiji at Red Road. Swami Suhitananda, Secretary Maharaj, Ramkrishna Mission Math and Mission, Belur Math graced the occasion. Thousands of school children, including those from Jangalmahal, Sunderbans, Dooars, new recruit police constables, contingents of EFR, RAF, SAP participated in the parade. Cultural groups from Bani Chakra, Darjeeling, Chhau dancers and others made wonderful presentations. 115 ambulances to serve the patients in far-flung rural areas were also flagged off on the occasion.
08/01/2014
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the Jangalmahal Vivek Chetana Utsab and Sports Competition at Jhargram Stadium in Paschim Medinipur. 30,000 men and women participated in the competition that was held. This competition was held to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Noted footballers of yesteryears were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister also distributed several services to the local people and inaugurated and laid foundation stones of a slew of developmental projects in the district. She announced that on January 10, the State Government will hold a big programme at the Red Road, where for the first time, there will be parades and other programmes.
07/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on a two-day visit to Paschim Medinipur, visited Amlasole, which had long been marked by acute neglect, abject poverty, deprivation, Left Wing Extremism and backwardness. She became the first Chief Minister of the State to visit this village, which was in news 10 years back because of death due to starvation. Now, with the persistent development efforts during the last two and half years, the situation has substantially improved. People now have food security. Hon’ble Chief Minister laid bricks to start construction of Kankrajhore to Amlasole road to make it a ‘pucca’ all-weather road, connecting the remote village of Amlasole to the nearest concrete road. In a single initiative, construction of roads in all the 3349 gram panchayats all over the State started today under 100 days work scheme. It is a great achievement that 16,000 kms of village road are being initiated on a single day.
06/01/2014
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated new OPD complex and academic building complex of Calcutta Medical College in presence of the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad at Chhitaranjan National Cancer Institute. She lauded the research work carried out by Chhitaranjan National Cancer Institute and said that land to the institute for its second campus at Rajarhat is ready.
04/01/2014
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that essential medicines and available diagnostic services in government run health centres and hospitals will be provided free of cost to rural people. She also announced that the Medical Colleges in Bankura, Malda and North Bengal will be upgraded and specialized services on areas like oncology, nephrology, endocrinology, pediatric surgery and more will be provided at these hospitals along with facilities of trauma care.
03/01/2014
•  13 new Parliamentary Secretaries were sworn in by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the State Assembly. The Parliamentary Secretaries were inducted to expedite the functioning of the state government. They will oversee departments like Panchayat & Rural Development, Backward Classes Welfare, Labour, Power etc., the Chief Minister announced.

•  The first ‘Tele Award’ was organized by the West Bengal government. In the programme Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated personalities from the Bengali television world. For their unforgettable contribution to television world, Jishu Dasgupta and Jochan Dastidar were given due recognition by honouring them with posthumous awards. Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Monoj Mitra, Sabitri Chattopadhyay and Madhabi Mukhopadhyay were also presented Lifetime Achievement Awards on the occasion. Awards were given in other categories too. She also announced that a studio was being built on a six-acre plot near Baruipur for shooting of serials and that a medical insurance scheme for television artistes and technicians would be launched soon.
02/01/2014
•  For the first time, the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri M. K. Narayanan visited the State Secretariat, ‘Nabanna’. The Hon’ble Governor released the ‘Administrative Calendar’ of all the Departments of the State Government for the year 2014 in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the premises of ‘Nabanna’. The Chief Minister in her speech said that the State Government has taken this step to maintain transparency, accountability in its function.
01/01/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished all a very Happy New Year full of new hopes, new dreams and new aspiration.