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• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the West Bengal Legislative Assembly during the presentation of the State’s Budget for 2015-16 by Hon’ble Finance Minister, Dr Amit Mitra.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a health review meeting at Nabanna on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary, the Health Secretary, the Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Howrah Municipal Corporation and the Chairperson of Bidhannagar Municipality. The Hon’ble Chief Minister asked the health officials to work out on an effective plan to combat the H1N1 virus which causes swine flue outbreak. She also asked the health officials to set up BSL-III labs at the School of Tropical Medicine in Kolkata and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made a surprise visit to a Madhyamik examination centre at Gokhale Memorial School. She met the guardians who were present there and enquired about how things were going on and whether they or the students were facing any difficulty. She wished her best wishes to all the Madhyamik, ICSE, Higher Secondary, ISC, CBSE examinees, their guardians, teachers.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conveyed her best wishes to the students appearing for West Bengal Secondary Examination beginning on 23 February 2015.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the oath-taking ceremony of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar at Patna.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at Shahid Minar, Dhaka at midnight February 21, to pay her respectful homage on the International Mother Language Day. The ceremony to pay homage to the martyrs of Bhasha Andolan began right after 12 midnight. The President of Bangladesh HE Md Abdul Hamid and Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to Gana Bhaban to meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She attended a luncheon hosted in her honour by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh. During the meeting, bilateral issues were discussed. She invited the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh to visit West Bengal.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a business meet organised by India- Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Chambers of Commerce, Kolkata. At the meeting, she urged the business communities of west Bengal and Bangladesh work together.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived at Dhaka on a three-day visit to the country, an invitation extended to her by the Bangladesh Government to attend the ceremony of the International Mother Language Day. This is her first visit to Bangladesh as the Chief Minister of West Bengal. ‘Baithaki Bangla’ was the first engagement of the Hon’ble Chief Minister which was a platform for interaction between the luminaries of both the countries from the world of literature, drama, music. At this ‘meeting of minds’ the Hon’ble Chief Minister proposed a series of steps to cement the cultural bond between her state and Bangladesh, including the construction of a “Bangabandhu Bhaban”in Kolkata, a building to be named after the nation’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called upon H. E. Md Abdul Hamid, the Hon’ble President of Republic of Bangladesh. Their discussion centered on issues to further strengthen the cordial and strong bonding existing between Bangladesh and West Bengal.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at 32 Dhanmandi to pay her homage to Banga Bandhu Shekh Mujibar Rahaman, the first Prime Minister of Prime Minister in independent Bangladesh and the chief architect of the independent Bangladesh.
• The West Bengal Government is setting up a permanent “Bhasha Shahid” Memorial Monument in Kolkata. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone of the memorial. She left for Dhaka in Bangladesh on invitation extended by the National Government of Bangladesh on the occasion of historic “Bhasa Dibos”. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that her visit to the neighboring Bangladesh will offer an unprecedented opportunity to express solidarity with the people of Bangladesh. She also informed that she will pay homage to the great martyrs who laid down their lives for mother language, and strengthen the historic ties between the two nations, India and Bangladesh.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Priyamvada Birla Campus of South Point School in Mukundapur, Kolkata. The State Government has given land for this new campus on which South Point will set up their largest school. Hon’ble Chief Minister also informed that the Government will be setting up a new Sanskrit University for the first time in the State. She also extend her heartiest greetings and best wishes to all the students who will appear in the Madhyamik, ICSE, Higher Secondary, ISC, CBSE examinations this year. She made an appeal to all to extend all possible co¬operation, so that the examinations are conducted peacefully.
• A Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Delegation of British parliamentarians called on Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna, the State Secretariat. The British delegation consisted of members from the House of Lords and the House of Commons and led by Rt. Hon. Baroness D’Souza, CMG, the Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, British Parliament. The meeting that followed discussed subjects like empowerment of women, paid maternity leave for women employees, reservation of seats for women in local bodies and urban and rural development initiatives. The Delegation expressed keen interest about the “Kanyashree” scheme successfully undertaken by the West Bengal Government.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a public meeting at Lodhurka in Hura, at Purulia. She inaugurated a number of youth hostels, Krishak bazaars, skill development training centers, eco tourism projects, hostels for girl students and new roads among others. She laid foundation stone for the widening project of National Highway that connects Bankura and Purulia. Hon’ble Chief Minister distributed several scholarships, loans and grants like Kanyashree, Nijo Bhumi Nijo Griho, Bonpatta, Artisan Credit Card etc. Later she took an administrative meeting with the district officials of Bankura at Shushunia.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the annual ‘Bangla Sangeet Mela’ at Nazrul Mancha. She also gave away ‘Sangeet Samman’ and ‘Sangeet Maha Samman’. Various singers will perform at nine different venues across the city between 13 to 19 February 2015. An exhibition paying tribute to Sachin Dev Burman, Kishore Kumar and Rahul Dev Burman will also be held during this time at Gaganendra Pradarsasala. The recipients of the Sangeet Mahasamman were: Kabir Suman, Bickram Ghosh, Tanmoy Ghosh, Swapan Gupta and Pramita Mullick. Renouwned music personalities were also awrded Sangeet Samman.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at a Welfare Meet Together Programme of the Bus, Taxi and Auto Workers at Nazrul Mancha. She announced the decision of the Government to revoke the steep Rs.3,000 fine on taxi drivers refusing passengers and laid down a five-stage fine structure. She also announced different facilities like pension, health insurance etc. for the workers of bus, taxi, auto rickshaw and other vehicles. Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that a steering committee is being formed with members from Labour Dept, Transport Dept and Police to sort out all transport related problems.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the Micro Business Credit Card at programme organized by the Department of Finance held at the ground adjoining the State Secretariat, Nabanna. The introduction of this Credit Card will benefit the entrepreneurs, particularly in the MSME sector as cash credit facility or loan up to Rs 5 lakhs for their business activities on easy terms without securities or collaterals. The State Bank of India has extended support to the Government of West Bengal in this venture. Hon’ble Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra and the Hon’ble Panchayat & Rural Development Minister and Public Health Engineering Minister Subrata Mukherjee were present on the occasion.
• West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee awarded the officers of the West Bengal Police for their outstanding performance at an investiture ceremony at Nazrul Mancha on Wednesday. In her short address, the Chief Minister praised the police officers for their hard work. In the awards ceremony, Hooghly was declared the best police district of 2014, while Bidhannagar (South), Binpur of West Midnapore and Faridpur of the Durgapur commissionerate were declared the best police stations. Nine civic police personnel and four civilians were given bravery awards.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated and laid foundation stones of a slew of projects for Birbhum district at Rampurhat. Projects like Skill Development Center, SNCU, bridges, new roads, Krishak bazars, girls’ hostels and many others such developmental works were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. She also laid foundation stones for various developmental projects. The Hon’ble Chief Minister distributed different grants, scholarships and loans like Kanyashree, Sikhsashree, Kisan Credit Cards, machineries for farmers etc. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also announced the formation of a Development Authority for Rampurhat-Tarapith zone.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated “Mati Tirtha Krishi Katha”, a unique centre being set up permanently in Bardhaman, to create more awareness and facilitate farming, fisheries, animal husbandry, horticulture, floriculture and other soil-based activities. Hon’ble Chief Minister announced that a similar centre would also be set up for North Bengal. She also inaugurated nearly 2000 KM of 429 rural roads built in less than one year. Also, 1140 rural roads covering 6515 KM are now being completely repaired, she announced. Present on the occasion, Dr. Kevin Gallagher, representative of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations appreciated the initiative of Bengal and thought that other states should also emulate this approach.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid condolence to the untimely passing away of senior journalist Diptosh Majumdar.
• Kolkata became the first WiFi Metro city in India. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the service at a programme organized at Park Street, Kolkata. The service was launched in and around Park Street. The Hon’ble Chief Minister announced that within the next 2 months, the service will be extended to other parts of Kolkata and Salt Lake.
• The 2nd edition of the Tele Academy Awards presentation ceremony for outstanding achievers on television was held at Nazrul Mancha. Television artistes, actors, directors, producers and technicians were felicitated by the West Bengal Government for their achievements in different fields of the television industry. Actors Monu Mukhopadhyay, Dipankare Dey and Mita Chattopadhyaya were honoured with Life Time Achievements Award by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. After the award ceremony a colourful cultural programme was performed by the television artistes.
• The Hon’ble Ambassador of the United States of America in India, Mr Richard Verma paid a courtesy visit to Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna.