NEWS
29/08/2014
•  A Malaysian business delegation led by its High Commissioner in India, Mr Datuk Naimun Ashakli Bin Mohammad had a meeting with Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna. The delegation discussed investment opportunities in Bengal as well as improving trade relations with the state. Hon’ble Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra was present at the meeting. The Malaysian delegation had members from various sectors of industry.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of WBCS (Executive) Officers' Association at Sarat Sadan in Howrah. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the WBCS officers are the pillars of the Government. She gave proposal of housing complex in New Town, Rajarhat, for the officers, setting up of model schools for their children in districts, provision of laptops for BDOs and career advancement opportunities from them.
27/08/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting at Nabanna with the top industrialists of the state. The delegation of industrialists had accompanied the Hon’ble Chief Minister on her visit to Singapore. About 45 industrialists from various sectors were present in the meeting today. The meeting discussed various ideas and suggestions coming up from different sectors and decided to form a roadmap for industrial exchange between West Bengal and Singapore.
25/08/2014
•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting with the officials of the Transport department and representatives from bus operators` organizations of the state. After long discussions, announcement was made about a nominal hike in bus fare, due to manifold rise in the price of diesel and other operational costs. The Government also announced setting up of a Task Force to examine fare structure vis-à-vis diesel price issues.

•  The State Government today allowed the conditional movement of potatoes to other states. The meeting with the Task Force on Agriculture was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
23/08/2014
•   Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defense, Arun Jaitley paid a courtesy visit to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna, the state Secretariat. Present at the meeting were Hon’ble former Union Railways Minister Mukul Roy and Hon’ble Finance and Industry Minister of the state Dr Amit Mitra. Among the points discussed in the hour-long meeting was the issue of outstanding amount that the state is yet to receive from the Center for different developmental works, which was pointed out to the Union Finance Minister.
21/08/2014
•   Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a luncheon meeting with the Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr K Shanmugam. To facilitate a better understanding of West Bengal for businessmen in both Singapore and West Bengal, the Government will create a study paper with focus parameters and expertise from National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The meeting discussed varied subjects from the areas of urban and township development to industry.
20/08/2014
•  On the 3rd day of her Singapore visit, Hon’ble Chief Minister addressed a Business Summit - `Come to Bengal, Ride the Growth’. Terming her Singapore trip as a successful one, the Hon’ble Chief Minister thanked the business community in Singapore for their love and support. Speaking at the Business Summit, the Hon’ble Chief Minister said West Bengal government will set up a nodal office of WBIDC (West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation) at Singapore to facilitate investments. She informed that a Chair at Calcutta University named after former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew will be set up. She said that she had also requested the Hon'ble Prime Minister of Singapore to include Kolkata in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Singapore-India ties. Hon’ble Chief Minister also informed about the plan to set up a Business Focus Center at Kolkata which will coordinate the business activities between West Bengal and Singapore. She invited the business heads from Singapore to join the international business summit that will be held in Kolkata on January where industrialists from across the world will be present.

•   Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at a programme organized by the Bengali Association of Singapore. Hon’ble Chief Minister appealed to the members of the association to support their roots. She asked them to become individual brand ambassadors of the state. She asked for their cooperation and support for the upcoming International Business Convention to be held from January 2015 at Kolkata where there will be a special session for the non-resident Bengali entrepreneurs.
19/08/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a courtesy visit to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, on her 2nd day of visit to the country. After the meeting, she said that the meeting was positive, constructive and fruitful. Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the focus of the meeting was industry, business and trade. She talked about the land bank, land map and power bank of the State. She also said that Singapore and Bengal will jointly set up a Business Centre in Kolkata which will come up in 18 months, the Hon’ble Chief Minister announced and said that the state government has invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate the Centre. She also told the Hon’ble Prime Minister that the West Bengal Government wishes to create a Chair at Calcutta University in the name of the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, who is incidentally the father of the present Prime Minister.
18/08/2014
•  On the first day of her 5-day Singapore visit, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute at Indian National Army Memorial, at Esplanade Park, Singapore. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had laid the foundation stone on July 8, 1945. After paying tributes at the Indian National Army Memorial, Hon’ble Chief Minister visited the Jurong Bird Park and the Ramakrishna Mission in Singapore.

•   The West Bengal government will set up a five acre bird sanctuary within the Eco-Park at Rajarhat in Kolkata , Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at Singapore on Monday. After taking a tour round the famous Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, the West Bengal Chief Minister said the sanctuary will come up over a five acre area. Hon’ble Chief Minister is now on a five-day visit to tap investment.
17/08/2014
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left for a 5-day official visit to Singapore late at night. This was her first visit to any foreign nation as the Chief Minister. At the airport, she said that she was hopeful that the meetings at Singapore will be fruitful. State Industry and Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra, MP Dipak Adhikari and the Chief Secretary of the state are accompanying the Hon'ble Chief Minister, along with a delegation of officials from the State Secretariat and another delegation of business leaders from Bengal.
15/08/2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted people on the occasion of Independence Day. She was present at the Independence Day parade at Red Road. Hon’ble Chief Minister unfurled the tricolour on Red Road and received a guard of honour from the Kolkata police. Cultural programmes were held by school children and various artistes at the Red Road venue showcasing the cultural heritage of the country. On this occasion, for the first time in West Bengal, Police Medals and commendation awards were conferred to IPS officers and officials of various departments for their distinguished service by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Outstanding Service was conferred on Kolkata Police Commissioner Surojit Kar Purokayastha, Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and IGP Western Zone Siddhi Nath Gupta. Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Commendable Service were conferred on Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Division, Devendra Prakash Singh, Superintendent of Police, Burdwan district, S M H Meerza and Superintendent of Police, West Midnapore district, Bharati Ghosh. The state government departments which received the award for commendable service were Department for Panchayat and Rural and Development, Women and Child Welfare, Finance, Small Scale Industries, Health and Family Welfare. The district administration of Hoogly, Nadia, Burdwan and Birbhum were also conferred awards for commendable service in 100 Days Work Scheme. The departments of tourism, information and cultural affairs, women and social welfare department and labour brought out colourful.
14/08/2014
•  The first Kanyashreee Dibas was celebrated today in every block of the State. Today at the State-level celebrations at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ceremonially transferred the grants of Kanyashree to the bank accounts of almost four lakh girl students around the state. She also presented the girl students with Kanyashree Bangles. The Chief Minister felicitated fifty girl students for their achievement in different competitions, as well as distributed prizes to three best districts, three best schools and three best colleges for their contribution to the Kanyashree scheme. The Hon’ble Chief Minister announced on the occasion that the fees for girl students will be slashed by 50% at entrance tests for polytechnics / ITI vocational courses. Girls will get 30% reservation in vocational training programmes while those registered under Kanyashree scheme will get priority.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the second outlet of the Biswa Bangla chain of stores at Dakshinapan Shopping Centre in South Kolkata.The government-run chain of stores is the brainchild of West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee and has been set up by the micro and small-scale enterprises and textiles department to showcase all handicrafts, handloom and other traditional and famous products of the State. The first Biswa Bangla store, which opened in the domestic section of the Kolkata Airport in the last week of February, is already a hit with fliers.

•   United State of America’s Chargé d’Affaires for India, Ms Kathleen Stephens paid a courtesy visit to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Secretariat, Nabanna.
12/08/2014
•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired an administrative review meeting at Rabindra Bhavan, Gangarampur in Dakshin Dinajpur today with officials of both Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur, and district level police officials. She also addressed at a government programme at Gangarampur Stadium. Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that the Government will be launching a new scheme 'Karmashree' which will be a combination of several other schemes. Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated 46 developmental projects for Uttar Dinajpur and laid the foundation stones for 15 other projects. She inaugurated 27 projects for Dakshin Dinajpur and laid the foundation stones for 18 projects. She also distributed grants and aids under different governmental schemes to the people of both the districts from the meeting venue at Gangarampur. The Chief Minister later chaired an administrative meeting at Malda College auditorium with the administrative officials of the district.
09/08/2014
•   A high level meeting chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was held at Nabanna on the soaring price of potatoes. Senior police and administrative officials were present at the meeting. The Hon’ble Chief Minister instructed that steps should be taken against illegal hoarding of potatoes in godowns and cold storages. Hon’ble Chief Minister also directed that regular checks will be made by enforcement branch officials and police in the districts to find out where potatoes are being hoarded illegally.

•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the Kolkata Police's annual cultural programme Jaya He, at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Saturday. She greeted the Bengal’s Brand Ambassador actor Shah Rukh Khan by tying a rakhi on the eve of the Rakhi Bandhan Utsab. Hon’ble Chief Minister also tied rakhi on the hands of police officials and other guests on the occasion.
08/08/2014
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a review meeting for the Nadia and Murshidabad districts at the renovated Rabindra Bhavan at Krishnanagar. Later she was present at Government programme at the Shantipur Stadium Ground where she inaugurated 91 projects and laid foundation stone for 77 new projects for Nadia. Among the projects, the Chief Minister inaugurated are the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology in Fulia and the Indian Institute of Information Technology at Kalyani. Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also inaugurated 58 projects and laid foundation stones for 53 more projects for Murshidabad district. The Chief Minister also distributed benefits under different governmental schemes to the people of both the districts.
07/08/2014
•   Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting of the Task Force formed to check price rise of daily necessities at Nabanna. She instructed the Enforcement Branch to take all necessary steps to check price rise of vegetables like potato. She instructed that price of potatoes should be kept on a check during the coming festive season so that common people are not harassed.

•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached Nadia on Thursday evening in the last leg of her district visit in South Bengal. Incidentally, the Hon'ble Chief Minister has already completed visits of all the other districts in South Bengal. In every district she and the delegation of officers from the State Secretariat had been chairing review meetings with the district officials on the state of ongoing developmental works in the district.
01/08/2014
•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated 166 projects and laid the foundation stones for another 110 projects for Bankura district at a government programme. The numerous projects the Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated today include several polytechnic colleges, girls' schools, girls' hostels, bridges and roads under PMGSY, a model school, a laboratory, a pipelined drinking water supply project, an irrigation project, several Karma Tirtha hubs across South Bengal among others.She also laid the foundation stones for several projects like Krishak Bazars, ITIs, minority hubs, Pather Sathis (motels), Skill Development Centres, youth hostels, road projects under PMGSY and several other projects. The Chief Minister also distributed grants and aids like Kanyashree, land pattas, pensions to folk artistes, farm machineries and a host of other such benefits. Hon’ble Chief Minister also inaugurated a new facility of a major industrial group at Barjora in Bankura, which will manufacture Dielectric (Capacitor) Film, a unique product in the country.