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• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a surprise visit to the SSKM hospital to take a stock of the situation there, on her way to Nabanna. After speaking to several patients and their relatives at the Emergency Ward, Hon’ble Chief Minister instructed the hospital authorities to ensure the basic health facilities to the patients. She categorically said that the Government will not tolerate any indiscipline and high handedness by the junior doctors while treating patients in the Government hospitals and asked the senior medical practitioners to enthuse onto them the basic ethics of medical practice.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired an administrative and co-ordination meeting for conducting Durga Puja, Id-Ul-Zoha and Muharram smoothly. She was addressing the Durga Puja organisers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in the annual pre-Puja, organised by the Kolkata Police and KMC. She also announced that Kolkata Police will give Rs 10,000 each to 25 pujas organized by women and poorer clubs. Today Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated an e-window system -Aasaan -where Durga Puja organisers can apply for permissions online and get the required documents from the site window itself.
• The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India set aside the land acquisition by the West Bengal Government in 2006 to facilitate Tata Motors to set up its plant for the ultra-small car, the Nano. Addressing the press in Nabanna, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed the judgement as historic. She said that the present State Government does not believe in forceful acquisition of land but believe in negotiation. She said that a meeting will be held on the following day on the processes to return land to the farmers within the timeframe set by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.
• West Bengal Assembly today passed a resolution to change the name of the State to Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English. Terming this as historic, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted the people of the State. She said in future the Government will also come up with a logo for the State.
• A life size bronze statue of Mother Teresa was unveiled on her 106th birth anniversary by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Archbishop’s House in Park Street. The inauguration of the statue comes ahead of her Canonisation on September 4th. Referring it as a landmark day, the Hon’ble Chief Minister marked the day as a historic moment for all.
• During at interaction with press at Sukna near Siliguri, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that all round development, not armed struggle is the key issue in the Hills. The Hon’ble Chief Minister issued a strict warning against those who were engaged in creating disturbance saying that law will take its own course. Such armed struggle is not expected in democracy and any attempt to weaken law and order situation will be dealt with seriously, she said before leaving Sukna on her way back to Kolkata.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated India’s first 10 MW Canal Bank Solar PV Plant today at Chopra, Uttar Dinajpur. Also, in today’s administrative review meeting, she took stock of the development works of the three districts – Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda. She also announced that a court of the Labour Department in Siliguri and Malda is being set up. She added that beginning 29 August, 2016, a week-long cleanliness drive will be undertaken in every block.
• In a press meet after the administrative meeting at Chopra, Uttar Dinajpur today, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her concern over the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) releasing water as per its own wishes, thus causing ‘man-made’ floods in parts of Bengal. She said, DVC should not release water without consulting the State or else the Government would have to look for legal recourse. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Government had created a special corpus of Rs 100 crore for the welfare of tea garden workers and set up a separate directorate for tea gardens in North Bengal. She also registered her protest against the attempts by the Centre to shift Tea Board Head Quarter, which is now in Kolkata, outside Bengal.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached Siliguri during her three-day visit to North Bengal. She will chair the administrative review meeting for the districts of Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda at Chopra on Tuesday.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a press meet at Nabanna, protested against the Centre’s policy to reduce Central funding of several Centrally Sponsored Schemes and shifting the financial burden to the State. The nation’s federal structure is at threat due to the Centre’s policies, she said. She said that the Hon’ble President of India will be approached to and informed about the Centre’s undue interference in the business of States. She pointed out that the Centre will be strengthened if the States are empowered.
• On the wake of a cyclone warning by the meteorological department, Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday spoke to the State Irrigation Minister, Rajib Banerjee and instructed to ensure round-the-clock vigil in all the districts and to take necessary steps immediately as and when required. She has also enquired about each and every district. All the District Magistrates of flood-prone districts have also been alerted. She expressed concern over the release of water by Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) that may lead to a floods in the State.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Kolkata Police Law Institute today. Located on Diamond Harbour Road, this institute will commence a three-year LL.B. course from the 2016-17 academic session. The institute has been granted affiliation by Calcutta University.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at ‘Jai Hey’, the cultural programme of Kolkata Police, held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. At the programme, the Hon’ble Chief Minister awarded the 10 officers of the Special Security Wing (SSW) who had taken part in the rescue operation when an escort car of the President’s convoy had fallen into the gorge while returning from Darjeeling.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today walked for a special cause – spreading road safety awareness, in the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ rally organised by the Kolkata Police. The rally was joined by eminent personalities, celebrities and school children and people from all the walks of life. The procession began at Ramlila Maidan in Moulali and culminated at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Mayo Road crossing.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made a surprise visit to the Chittraranjan Sishu Sevasadan. She inquired about the ongoing works going on and services for patients. The Hon'ble Chief Minister also paid a visit to the Fair Price Medicine shop in the hospital premises and inquired about the availability of medicines and other details from the people standing in the queue.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during a press meet at Nabanna said that despite repeated requests, the Centre did not resolve the problem of Aadhar. Of more than 9 crore people in the State, more than 2.5 crore people have not received their Aadhaar cards. She said the State government would take up the matter in a serious manner. Hon’ble Chief Minister had raised the issue during her meeting with the Prime Minister in Delhi recently.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hoisted the National Flag on 70th Independence Day celebration at Red Road on Monday. The Hon'ble Chief Minister received guard of honour from the Kolkata Police and other security personnel. On this occasion, Hon'ble Chief Minister’s police medals for outstanding and commendable service were given away. Cultural programmes were held by school children and various artistes at venue showcasing the cultural heritage of the country. As the colourful contingents went past, a helicopter showered flower petals on people gathered to witness the celebrations.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today chaired the administrative review meeting for the Nadia district at Kalyani. She took stock of all the development projects going on in the district. This was the 138th administrative meeting of the West Bengal Government.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her visit to the South 24 Parganas chaired the administrative review meeting for the South 24 Parganas district at Sonarpur. The Hon’ble Chief Minister announced that the new districts of Sunderbans, Asansol and Kalimpong will soon be created.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired the administrative review meeting at Bardhaman Sadar for the district today, on the third day of her visit to the districts. Besides chairing the meeting and taking stock of developmental projects, the Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated 27 projects, including B.Sc Nursing College at the Asansol ESI Hospital campus. She also announced several projects including Sabuj Shree, where new-borns will be distributed with saplings by the Forest department.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today launched the new look of the official portal of the West Bengal Government, Egiye Bangla from Bardhaman. The new portal would provide information as well as be an enabler of business activities. Citizens would also be able to apply online to some of the Government’s services besides getting related information.
• Hon'ble Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, during her three-day visit to the districts, chaired the administrative review meeting for the Birbhum district at Bolpur today. After the meeting, the Hon'ble Chief Minister announced that the Government is taking up huge initiative to develop Tarapith and adjoining areas. She also announced that ‘Gitabitan’ film city project is being set up around Bolpur. After the administrative review meeting the Hon'ble Chief Minister paid a visit to Visva-Bharati University on an invitation received from the authorities.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the first day of her three-day visit to the districts, chaired the administrative review meeting for the Purulia district at Purulia town today. After the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated several projects including the Government Engineering College at Joypur and the Manbhum Cultural Academy.
• Welcoming the passage of the GST Bill in Rajya Sabha, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed hope that the Bill will give relief to micro and small businesses and remain under single control of the states. With the passage of the Bill, most of the taxes, which were collected by the State, will be dissolved with GST and the States will receive 100% compensation for a period of five years. However, some of the taxes including the Stamp Duty, Excise Tax will be under the purview of the States. The passage of the GST Bill paves the way for a uniform tax system throughout the country.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee convened a high-level meeting at Nabanna with various Government departments and municipal bodies to combat the spread of dengue, malaria and unknown fever in the state. She instructed all concerned to make adequate arrangements to prevent the spread of the disease. She announced that an advisory is being issued to all the schools and organisations in an effort to spread awareness and also control the spread of various diseases during the monsoon season.
• Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the programme Progotir Pothe, organised by the State Minorities Affairs Department, at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Achievers form the minority communities were felicitated today at the programme. The Hon’ble Chief Minister today inaugurated a separate girl’s hostel for the students of Alia University. A mobile application was also launched today for the help of Haj pilgrims.