•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present today at the session of the 78th Indian History Congress being held in Kolkata, at Nazrul Mancha. She congratulated Jadavpur University for organising the present session of the History Congress after a lapse of 43 years. From today’s programme the Hon’ble Chief Minister announced the Government’s intention of extending financial grant to the tune of Rs 100 Crore to Jadavpur University if they come up with a proposal of setting up of a Centre of Excellence for higher studies in humanities, engineering and sciences. Also, a sanction order of Rs 5 Crore for various capacity building initiatives was handed over to the University today itself. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also gave a proposal to set up a History Record Commission by the State Government, which will be a first time endeavour by any state government.
•  During her visit to Sagar Islands in South 24 Parganas, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the Krishi Mela at Rudrapur in Kakdwip. She distributed cheques to farmers whose families were affected by the recent floods in the state and announced that a bridge will come up at Muriganga soon. She directed the Chief Secretary to take necessary steps to develop Bhorsagar and Roopsagar islands as tourist destinations. She later visited the Bharat Sevaashram Sangha complex and the Mela beach for an on-the-spot survey ahead of the Gangasagar Mela.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today reached Sagar Island during her two-day visit to the district of South 24 Parganas, to review the preparations for Gangasagar Mela, scheduled to held next month. She reached the pilgrim island in the evening and paid a visit to the Kapil Muni Mandir.
•  Like every year, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took part in Midnight Mass held in the St. Paul’s Cathedral on the Christmas Eve.
•  The ‘Bangla Sangeetmela, 2017’ and ‘Biswabangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav’ were inaugurated at ‘Uttirna’Open Air Theatre today, by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The ‘Bishesh Sangeet Samman’, ‘Sangeet Mahasamman’ and ‘Sangeet Samman’ awards, initiated by the present Government, were conferred on outstanding performers for their glorious contribution to the world of music from today’s programme. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that over the next seven days, nearly 5000 artists will present a festival of music across a number of venues in Kolkata. In addition, there will be thousands of folk artists performing in Kolkata and across the districts showcasing the rich and diverse heritage of folk music and culture of Bengal, she informed.
•  The annual Kolkata Christmas Festival was inaugurated today Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Allen Park. Started in 2011, this is the seventh year of festivities. Park Street has been beautifully illuminated befitting Christmas and New Year celebrations and a spirit of festivity is prevailing all around. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the people are for peace, unity, harmony and brotherhood and together they celebrate all occasions. Later, the Hon’ble Chief Minister attended a pre-Christmas meet at St Xavier’s College.
•  The first meeting of the newly constituted West Bengal Scheduled Castes Advisory Council was held today at Nabanna. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired the meeting. She informed that this Council, with extensive representation of public representatives and experts, is first of its kind in the country. Created under an Act, this Council will meet every six months and will look after the overall development and welfare of the SC community, she the Hon’ble Chief Minister stated. She informed that a Tribes Advisory Council is already in place and the Government will also be setting up a new Advisory Council for OBC. She said that extensive development and welfare activities for SC, ST and OBC communities are already being carried out by the Backward Classes Welfare Department, Directorate, SC, ST & OBC Development and Finance Corporation and West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation. The ongoing development and welfare activities will further be enhanced in the days ahead, she said.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flagged off the more than 150 buses for around 65 different routes and a total of 117 fire tenders and pumps from the Nabanna premises. The Hon’ble Minister in charge of Fire and Emergency Services department and the Hon’ble Minister in charge of Transport department were present on the occasion along with senior officials.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley urging immediate withdrawal of the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017. In her letter the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister, the Hon’ble Chief Minister appealed to the Centre to desist from enacting the draconian Law and withdraw the Bill to ensure that the common people in the country are saved from financial ruin.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today attended a government public distribution program at Khatra, Bankura, during her course of district visits. Thousands of beneficiaries received Government benefits from today’s program. A large number of new schemes, including beautification and betterment of tourism facilities in and around Mukutmanipur, were flagged of today. Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Government has significantly worked towards improvement of drinking water facilities, healthcare, electrification, tourism, education, skill building, employment and overall development of the region and the local people. The Government will continue to do so in the days ahead with more speed and efficacy, she informed.
•  During her visit to the Jangalmahal districts, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present today at Indpur, Bankura to take part in the prize distribution ceremony of Jangalmahal Cup. The West Bengal Government had introduced this sporting event 5 years ago to encourage sports and cultural activities among the local youth and nurture talents in football, kabaddi, archery, chou and many other disciplines.In today’s programme, many star players of yesteryears were present to encourage the youngsters. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the young generation of Jangalmahal is now advancing in education, skill development, sports and cultural activities. Today, the statewide celebration of Wildlife Day was also flagged off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. Numerous new Government schemes were initiated and benefits were distributed among beneficiaries from today’s program.
•  During her visit to the districts, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today was present in a government public distribution program at Kotshila in Purulia district. From today’s programme, she inaugurated a new industrial unit, a large number of government schemes and initiated several new projects that will give a huge boost to employment, infrastructure, healthcare, education and overall development of the district. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that the Government has already formed the West Bengal Kurmi Development and Cultural Board for focussed development of tribal people of this region. She announced the Government’s decision of setting up of the main office of the Board at Purulia and special office at Jhargram. Thousands of beneficiaries received government benefits from today’s program.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today was present in a government public distribution program. A large number of new schemes to boost infrastructure, drinking water supply, healthcare, self employment and several other sectors were launched from the program. The Hon’ble Chief Minister today announced the Government’s decision of construction of the much-awaited bridge on river Ajoy connecting Shibpur of Paschim Burdwan to the other side of Birbhum district. Government benefits were distributed to thousands of beneficiaries on the occasion.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present today at the celebration of the 69th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights ahead of Human Rights Day, at the Sesquicentenary Building of The Calcutta High Court in Kolkata.

•   A high-level meeting chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was held today at Nabanna to discuss regarding the preparations and other aspects about the annual pilgrimage at Gangasagar to be held from January 10 to 16, 2018. Besides making all arrangements for the safety and security of the people visiting the Gangasagar Mela, the West Bengal Government has also decided to bring them under an insurance scheme.
•  Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today was present at the inaugural ceremony of Infocom 2017. She announced that the new IT Policy of the State will be unveiled at Bengal Global Business Summit, 2018, to be held in January.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended a meeting convened by the Government of India and chaired by the Hon’ble Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on border management at Nabanna Sabhaghar.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at a programme of the Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department at Netaji Indoor Stadium today, giving out scholarships to students. She informed that around five lakh children from the minority community were presented scholarships today.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Haroa, North 24 Parganas today to attend a government Public Distribution Program. In the hugely attended program, a bouquet of government schemes were launched and government benefits were handed over to numerous beneficiaries. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Ggovernment is committed to all-round development of people and creation of a strong network of public assets to support the development initiatives. She also announced that that Basirhat would soon become a new district.