NEWS
28/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid floral tribute to the prominent director, playwright and actor Girish Chandra Ghosh on his 170th birth anniversary, at Nabanna.
27/02/2014
•  The West Bengal Government has always been proactive in tackling price rise, specially when middlemen in the market intentionally create man-made hikes. Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier formed a Task Force to keep a check on the prices of essential commodities. This Task Force holds meetings every fortnight. Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting of the Task Force and sent a stern message to all the businessmen who, without any reason, are trying to raise the price of essential commodities. The Chief Minister said that the officers of the enforcement branch will be visiting each and every market to check the prices. The Chief Minister will receive regular reports on the surveys. The meeting also discussed means to increase the production of fish in the state. It has been decided that Matsyabandhu, a project in similar lines with the Pranibandhu, will be taken up. Aquashops which will make available all pisciculture related products, will also be set up to increase production of fish. It was decided in the meeting that drives will be taken to stop the use of poisonous formaldehyde, which is being used by some businessmen to store fish.
24/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the new Police Directorate at Bhawani Bhawan in Alipore.
22/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended a programme at Raidighi Sports Complex, South 24 Parganas, where she inaugurated and laid foundation stones of a series of developmental works. She announced at the programme that government has taken a target for creating 16 lakh job opportunities in 2014-15. She also inaugurated the Kanyashree Fair and distributed the prizes for the Sundarban Cup from the same stage. The first `Biswa Bangla` showroom, located at the Kolkata Airport was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister through remote control from this stage. The Biswa Bangla store provides Bengal`s heritage and products with GI. This innovative outlets will also provide wider markets within and outside India to the State`s artisans, weavers, micro and small entrepreneurs. The huge array of items available the store would include Bengal's food, sweets, tea, books, music, books and sarees among others.
21/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid floral tribute to the martyrs of the Ekushe February on the International Mother Language Day, at Nabanna.

•  The West Bengal government will build a Martyrs’ Memorial in Kolkata to honour those who sacrificed their lives in the Bengali Language Movement in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1952, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at an event to observe the International Mother Language Day at Deshapriya Park, Kolkata. She expressed her respect for all languages in the State and country.
20/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated the first ever Centre for preservation of cord-blood and other pregnancy induced bio-products` of the country at the School of Tropical Medicines, Kolkata. Alongside, she also inaugurated the Centre of excellence for HIV & AIDS at the same venue. Through remote control, she inaugurated the Tele Ophthalmology System at the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, the SNCU at Lady Dufferin Hospital and the Dialysis Units of the Fair Price Diagnostic Centres at MR Bangur Hospital and Beleghata Hospital. Through remote control she laid the foundation stones of 24 super specialty hospitals in different districts. She will also lay the foundation stone of the new hostel of the Calcutta Medical College. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the new building of the West Bengal Medical council and flagged off Civil Defence Rescue Vehicles for relief and rescue different districts. Four new medical colleges are being set up in the state at Coochbehar, Rampurhat, Purulia and Raiganj, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed.
17/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed the West Bengal Assembly on her reply to the Hon’ble Governor’s speech at the state Budget session 2014. She put forward the developments made by the state in the past financial year. Among other facts, she said that efficiency input in power sector has led to monetary surplus, which would be ploughed back to generate lower tariffs. She informed that there has been a sharp growth in agro production in the state and that the state government has also distributed 23 lakh Kisan credit cards to help farmers. The state is right on top when it comes to NREGA spending and have achieved a record 107% and Bankura has been adjudged the best district in the country, she informed. The process of building 16,000 kilometres of village roads in the remotest of places have started and the Government has already given patta to 1.10 lakh landless people. She drew the attention of the House towards the remarkable developments made in the Health sector. She also informed the house about a new Sukanya project for the girl child. Four police stations have been given the responsibility of training girls of four schools in martial arts as a pilot project.
14/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Maati Utsab 2014 at Birudiha, Panagarh, Bardhaman. The festival promotes cultures and traditions of rural Bengal that are fast losing out to urbanisation. Litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Debi and actor Prasenjit Chatterjee were present on the occasion alongside cabinet ministers and other dignitaries. The theme of this year's Maati Utsab is `Dhaner Gola' or paddy storehouse. Besides handicrafts being available in 100 odd stalls, there will be cultural events with folk song performances every day. The festival will continue till February 20. Hon’ble Chief Minister laid foundation stones and inaugurated a series of developmental projects. She also distributed benifits and scholarships to the people. She announced that the state is setting up training camps for 'tant' weavers. It will also buy the finshed products from the weavers.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated Charukala Utsav 2014 at Academy of Fine Arts. The festival will continue till February 23. On this occasion 4 eminent artistes were felicitated with Shilpi Sampan and Shilpi Mahasamman. She also ceremonially published a book of paintings by Jamini Roy. 'Shilpi Moha Somman' award has been conferred to Dhirendranath Brahma, Rabindranath Mandal, Kartik Pain, Prakash Karmakar and Uma Siddahnta while 'Shilpi Somman' was conferred to Sunil Dey, Ashok Bhowmik and Arun Kumar Chakraborty.
12/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at a programme in Malbazar, Jalpaiguri. She laid foundation stones and inaugurated a series of developmental projects. She also distributed benefits and scholarships to the people.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was felicitated by the Adivasi Parishad at a programme in Malbazar, Jalpaiguri. In this colourful programme, the Adivasi Parishad conferred on her their highest honour “Singi Dayee” and “Marang Gomke”.
11/02/2014
•  After inaugurating the branch secretariat in North Bengal on 20 January, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired the first cabinet meeting at Uttar Kanya, the branch secretariat of the West Bengal Government in North Bengal. The meeting was attended by 31 ministers. Following the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Minister informed about some important decisions made in the meeting. The State Government has decided that five Tea gardens in the region - Kathalguri, Red Bank, Surendranagar, Dalmor, Dheklapara - will get ration shops which will sell rice at Rs 2/kg to the poor people. 3714 posts have been sanctioned for employment in the State Transport Department. Out of these, 1850 posts are for North Bengal. The state government has decided setting up of a separate Health Directorate for North Bengal. The government has also decided to allot land for thermal power plant in Katwa. Coal will be given to the project from the state’s pool resource.
10/02/2014
•  Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for a courtesy visit at Nabanna.

•   Bangla Sangeet Mela 2014 is being held across 9 venues in Kolkata from February 11 to February 17. This annual event was inaugurated on February 10 by Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Science City Main Auditorium. The venues of this year`s Sangeet Mela are Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Manch, Mohor Kunja, Deshapriya Park, Princep Memorial, Harish Park, Hedua Park, Ahindra Manch and Rabindra Tirtha. Apart from the musical shows, Rabindra Sadan will also host exhibitions. The closing ceremony will be held on February 17 at the Science City Auditorium. Around 1200 artistes are performing in this year’s Bangla Sangeet Mela. Hon'ble Chief Minister felicitated the legends of Bengali music by honouring them with Sangeet Samman and Sangeet Mahasamman. The recipients of this year's Sangeet Mahasamman were Prabhati Mukhopadhyay, Tejendranarayan Majumdar and Arun Kumar Bhaduri. Actor and singer Arindum Ganguly, Durga Baul, Alok Roychowdhury, Rupankar Bagchi were conferred Sangeet Samman. For the first time this year, musical troupes were given Sangeet Samman. The recipients were the Bhaoaiya troupe of Sarojini Burman, Baul troupe of Panmoni Besra, Sonam Shering Lepcha and his troupe, Dhamsa troupe of Shrimat Soren and the Baul troupe of Tulika Mondol. The Sangeet Samman trophy this year resembled an ektara and was named Baul Mon.
09/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated renovated Technicians` Studio at Tollygaunge. The renovated studio was opened in the glorious presence of a galaxy of eminent personalities of the cultural and entertainment world of Tollywood and Tellywood in a unique programme. The renovated Technicians Studio has all the amenities of a modern studio and six of its floors have been named after the legendary Satyajit Ray, Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Tapan Sinha, Ritwik Ghatak and Rituparno Ghosh. The state government will set up atleast two film cities, in North and South Bengal, the Chief Minister said, adding that two television studios will also come up in the state.
07/02/2014
•  The Investiture Ceremony of the West Bengal Police was held at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decorated several police personnel for distinguished and meritorious service in the ceremony. Four civilians were also awarded by the Chief Minister for their acts of bravery. In the same stage, Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated and laid foundation stones of a series of beautification project for the city and to provide better facilities to the citizens including the city's longest flyover connecting Jinjirabazar with Batanagar.
06/02/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 18th edition of the Jatra Festival at Kacchari Maidan in Barasat. The festival will be held from February 6 to 8 at the Kachari Maidan and from February 7 to 28 at Fanibhusan Bidyabinod Jatra Mancha at Bag Bazar. On the inaugural ceremony, Organized by the Paschim Banga Jatra Academy under the Information & Cultural Affairs of the State Government, the festival will see participance of jatra performing teams from various districts. . She announced that the pension being provided by the state government to out of work and poor Jatra artistes has been raised from Rs 7000 to Rs 8000.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone of the 2nd campus of the Presidency University at Rajarhat in the presence of the Chairman, Mentor Group of the University, the Hon’ble Education Minister, the Vice-Chancellor, eminent faculty members, students, ex-students and members of non-teaching staff. The State Government has allotted 10 acres of land for the 2nd Campus and has provided an assistance of Rs 10 Crore. Under the guidance of Dr. Amartya Sen and Prof. Sugata Bose as part of the Mentor Group, the institution will emerge as an institution of global eminence, opined the Hon’ble chief Minister. On the occasion, she suggested that on completion of 200 years of the Presidency College in 2017, they may organize a World Education Summit at Kolkata. The government will extend all necessary support for this event.
05/02/2014
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid condolence at the demise of celebrated singer Juthika Roy.
02/02/2014
•  The inaugural ceremony of the bicentenary celebrations of Indian Museum was held in presence of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh at Indian National Museum, Kolkata. Present on the occasion were M.K. Narayanan, Hon’ble Governor, West Bengal, Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India, Kriparani Killi, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Ministry of Broadcasting and Information Technology, Government of India, celebrated historian Romila Thapar. On the occasion the Chief Minister that the State will soon take up restoration and renovation of 166 district-level and rural museums and some archaeological sites.