•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a round of discussions with Attilio Fontana, Hon’ble President of the Lombardy Regional Government of Italy, today. Talks centred around strengthening relations between the Lombardy region of Italy and West Bengal and explore areas of mutual collaboration in business, education, tourism and other key sectors. The Hon’ble Chief Minister took the opportunity to invite him to the West Bengal Global Business Summit, 2019 and requested him to lead a delegation to West Bengal to have a first-hand feel of the opportunities available here in the state. She informed that the Hon’ble President of the Lombardy Regional Government of Italy, has accepted the invitation and has expressed keen willingness to come to West Bengal with a strong business delegation.
•  During her 12-day visit to European countries, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in a Business Meet jointly organized by ASSOLOMBARDA, Italian Trade Commission, FICCI and Government of West Bengal in Milan, Italy today. Big industry and business houses of Italy along with a strong delegation of business owners from Bengal were present in the Meet. Prospects of doing business in West Bengal was showcased and successes achieved by the West Bengal Government over the last 7 (seven) years were presented before the audience. Possibilities of investment from Italy in sectors like infrastructure, manufacturing, design and innovation, ICT, leather, textiles, agro processing, tourism and automobiles were deliberated in details. Moreover, potential for investment from Italy in sectors like textiles especially in yarn manufacturing, leather, agro-tools manufacturing, agro-business and food processing, waste to energy, handlooms and handicrafts under MSME sector were also discussed in details. The representatives from the West Bengal Government also stressed on possibilities of exchanges in academic and research fields between Italy and West Bengal in larger interest of student communities of both.
•  During her visits to European countries, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present today in a Business Meet jointly organized by IHK, Frankfurt, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, FICCI and Government of West Bengal in Frankfurt, Germany. Top business and industry leaders from Germany along with a delegation of nearly 50 business and industry leaders from Bengal took part in this Meet. Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that extensive deliberations were made on the prospects of doing business in Bengal. In particular, discussions were made on possible investments from Germany in Bengal in sectors like Industrial Infrastructure & Logistic Hub, Engineering & Foundry Hub, Petrochemical & Polytechnic Hub, Urban Development, IT & ITeS, Financial Technology, Agro & Food Processing, Textiles & Tools, Leather, Transport, Power, Tourism and social infrastructure projects, she stated. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also stated that possibilities of investment in Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, which is a key economic activity in Germany, was discussed extensively in the Meet.
•  Acting on invitations from business communities and the governments of the two European countries, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today left for a 12-day visit to Germany and Italy to attract more investments to the state. She was accompanied by the Hon’ble Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra, and Government officials. She will be visiting Frankfurt and Milan. Hon’ble Chief Minister was invited by the dignitaries of the foreign nations who had visited the state during the Bengal Global Business Summit this year. Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the State delegation will be holding two meetings - one in Frankfurt and another in Milan, while briefing the media at the airport.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present today at the yearly co-ordination meeting for Durga Puja 2018 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, at Netaji Indoor Stadium. The meeting is organised by the Kolkata Police and the KMC. At the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Minister announced that this year the annual Durga Puja Bishorjon Carnival will be held at Red Road on October 23. Last year, 55 clubs participated, this year, more than 70 clubs are expected to participate, she announced.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today chaired a high-level meeting in Nabanna after the Majerhat incident. She directed the Public Works Department, the Police and the authorities to take all necessary steps to address the current situation and prevent such recurrence in future all over the state.
•  The State-level Teachers’ Day celebration was organised by the government for the first time in Darjeeling. On this auspicious day, foundation stone of the new Darjeeling Hill University at Mungpoo was laid by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This is the first state-aided university to be set up in the Hills since independence and will offer study programs in travel and tourism management, tea management, horticulture, Himalayan studies, apart from humanities, science, IT and media. During her speech, Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the honour that Swapna Barman has brought to the country and the state by winning the heptathlon gold medal in Asian Games, 2018 has made everybody proud. She extended her best wishes and support to her on the occasion. A number of new projects were also flagged off today and government benefits handed over to a large number of beneficiaries. School children were given school bags and raincoats as part of a new project launched by the government for school children of the hills. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Government is committed to overall development of the hill districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

•   On reaching Kolkta after her visit to North Bengal, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the spot of Majherhat incident and took stock of the rescue and relief work that had been done.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended a high level review meeting with Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) officials today. Addressing the press after the meeting, she said that short-term, mid-term, and long-term plans will be taken up for the development of the Hills. A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, which will present a detailed report in six months, she said. She informed that the new university in Mungpoo will be named ‘Darjeeling Hill University’. She also pointed out that the State Government is setting up an education hub in Kurseong. Presidency University is setting up a campus in the Hills, she said. From cinchona plantation, agriculture, sericulture, tourism, entertainment, IT, software – everything was discussed in today’s meeting, she said.

•   A section of the Majerjat Bridge in Kolkata collapsed today. Reacting to the news, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now on a visit to North Bengal said that she was very worried to hear about it. She said that she was receiving information from the rescue team on ground and wanted to go back as soon as possible. There are no flights in the evening, she was unable to do so, she said. She said that the Government is focused on relief and rescue work and its priority is relief and rescue. Rest of the investigation will be done later, she said.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today reached Darjeeling district in North Bengal. She will be chairing several meetings during her visit.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that West Bengal has again emerged No 1 in the country for Convergence and Livelihood Augmentation under 100-days work scheme, as announced by the Government of India. She pointed out that this was three times in a row that the West Bengal Government has bagged this prestigious distinction. Purba Burdwan and Coochbehar districts are among top districts in the country for effective implementation of 100 days’ work scheme, she informed. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also informed that West Bengal has also stood 2nd in the country in Water Conservation sector, the awards for which are being announced for the first time. Upper Bagdogra GP of Naxalbari Block near Siliguri has ranked among the best performing Gram Panchayats in the country for 100 days’ work, she stated.