Govt to provide trauma care ambulances to municipalities

The State Transport Department will start providing, in a phase-wise manner, trauma care ambulances to various municipalities and administrative officials from various districts. 

The ambulances would be distributed among the beneficiaries at a programme on January 22. The municipalities that will receive trauma care ambulances in the first phase are Murshidabad, Dhuliyan, Kharagpur and Kaliaganj, along with the district magistrate of Jhargram and a few clubs.

Each ambulance will have a doctor, nurses and paramedical staff. The maintenance and repair of the ambulances would be the responsibility of those using them.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid enormous stress on the issue of road safety. Her brainchild, the ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’ project, is a success that has been recognised at the national level. She has also instructed the police and district administration to identify the black spots along national and State highways and take preventive measures to check accidents.

Source: Millennium Post


Didi led an anti-CAA protest march in Hills today

Today, Mamata Banerjee led a 4-km-long protest march in Darjeeling hills against the new citizenship law. The rally began at Bhanu Bhakta Bhavan near Mall in Darjeeling and concluded in the Chowkbazar area.. For the last few weeks, Didi has been leading protests across the State against this unconstitutional law.

Several protest marches have been held in Kolkata, led by Mamata Banerjee. Trinamool Chhatra Parishad and Trinamool Mahila Congress have held sit-in demonstrations as well. 

Bangla is the only State to boycott the meeting on NPR called by the Union Government. At the inauguration of the Uttarbanga Utsav too she had said that there will be no NPR and CAA in Bangla. She assured the people that she would guard them 365 days a year.


State Assembly to pass resolution against CAA on Jan 27

The Bangla Government is going to bring a resolution against the amended Citizenship Act (CAA). The resolution will be taken up for discussion and passing during a special session of the State Assembly on January 27.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday had announced that her government would pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) soon.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Partha Chatterjee today said, “There will be a special session of the State Assembly on January 27 at 2 PM to discuss and a resolution against CAA.” He also called on other political parties to support the resolution.

It may be mentioned that on September 6, a resolution was adopted in the State Assembly against the NRC process in Assam. Since CAA was not passed in parliament at that time, CAA was not mentioned in that proposal.

Partha Chatterjee said that it is important to pass this resolution in the interest of democracy.

Mamata Banerjee to inaugurate Uttarbanga Utsab today

The week-long Uttarbanga Utsab is set to start from January 20 in Siliguri. This has been an annual fixture for the last few years and is eagerly awaited by the people of the region.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the festival at the Kanchenjunga Stadium. A host of cultural and political personalities will grace the occasion.

The event is aimed at showcasing the rich and diverse culture, art, craft, music, songs and other performing arts of north Bengal. This is the ninth edition of the festival. 

A mega sit and draw competition and felicitation of meritorious students also form part of the festival. Eminent persons excelling in different spheres hailing from north Bengal will be conferred the Banga Ratna Award. 

Cyclone Bulbul: Mamata Banerjee to visit affected areas

Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would conduct an aerial survey of the areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali in South 24 Parganas, which have been affected by Cyclone Bulbul.

“Due to the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, I have decided to postpone my North Bengal visit in the coming week. Instead, tomorrow I would take an aerial survey of the affected areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali.

“Later I would take a meeting at Kakdwip with administration to review relief and rehabilitation measures of the cyclone-affected people. I am also planning to visit the cyclone-affected areas of Basirhat of North 24-Parganas on 13 November, 2019,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

She had been monitoring the situation at the control room set up in Nabanna throughout the night.

Cyclone Bulbul: Mamata Banerjee monitors situation all night from Nabanna

Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself monitored the preventive measures being taken from the control room at Nabanna. She was present at the State Secretariat all night. The State administration had taken all measures to tackle any contingency in view of Cyclone Bulbul.

She had earlier appealed to citizens to maintain calm and not to panic. “Cyclone Bulbul is about to pass through Bengal. Our state administration is closely monitoring the situation 24×7. We are taking all measures to tackle any contingency. Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed,” Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet.

Schools, colleges and anganwadi centres have been closed and more than 1.2 lakh people have already been rescued from the vulnerable coastal areas, she added.

Unity displayed across Bangla during Durga Pujo highly appreciable: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today addressed police officials at a Bijoya Sammilani programme held at Siliguri Police Line. She extended her greetings to all present and their families. She was highly appreciative of the unity and festive spirit displayed during Durga Pujo celebrations across the length and breadth of Bangla.

She said that when eight to 10 crore people were on the streets visiting Durga Pujo pandals, night after night, she was busy ensuring that no untoward incident took place. She kept a track of all the clubs that organised the pujos.

Since Kali Pujo is on a Sunday, and Chhath Pujo on November 2, she said amid cheers from the audience that she had given additional state holidays during that week. Pubali, Rajbanshi, Kamtapuri, Gurumukhi, Hindi and Urdu have been given the status of official language, she added.

North Bengal has seen a lot of development, she said, mentioning the airports at Balurghat and Cooch Behar, the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench, and the highway connecting the districts of Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar to Nepal and Bhutan.

Regarding NRC, she assured everyone that no such thing would be introduced in Bangla. “I would ensure that,” she said.

Mamata Banerjee highlighted the religious and cultural diversity of Bangla. Be it Kazi Nazrul Islam or Rabindranath Tagore or Panchanan Barma, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar or Raja Rammohan Roy, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose or Birsa Munda, Matangini Hazra or Pritilata Wadedar – Bangla has always been the land of glorious traditions and path-breaking action.

She said that the Central Government was busy playing the game of dividing people on communal lines, which goes against the spirit of India. This was apparent even for the NRC implemented in Assam.

The Chief Minister also highlighted the pathetic condition the country’s economy was in, and contrasted it with the comparatively better state of things in Bangla. While there was over 45 per cent unemployment in the whole country, in Bangla there has been an increase in employment by 40 per cent. Several other indicators showed that the State was performing better than others.

She said someone had mockingly said that Bangla could no longer produce scientists and yet, just three days later, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to a son of the State. She concluded by saying that Bangla would one day show the world the way towards progress.

Bangla Govt at the forefront of fighting vector-borne diseases

The Bangla Government State Govt is in the process of spending Rs 475 crore on dengue and malaria control programmes, the highest in the country.

The senior official of the Health Department who gave this information also said that this is the highest amount being spent by a State.

The officer also said that about half of this amount has already been spent in combating (preventing, awareness generation, stopping the spread of) dengue, with the rest to be spent within this year.

A big part of the fund is being spent on biolarvicides and different types of oils for killing malaria-spreading mosquitoes. Then there is training of healthcare workers, buying of instruments, chemicals and medicines for testing and treating, training for awareness programmes, etc.

Source: Bartaman

Achievements of Youth Services and Sports Dept

On the occasion of International Day of University Sport, let us take a look at the primary achievements of Bangla’s Youth Services and Sports Department over the last eight years, when Trinamool Congress has been in power.

* Bengal Football Academy (Khardah)

* Bengal Archery Academy (Jhargram)

* Bengal Tennis Academy (Salt Lake)

* 27 youth hostels (with facility for online booking)

* 15 youth hostels under construction

* Multi-gyms in 3,565 schools and colleges

* 684 mini indoor games complexes

* Development of 398 playgrounds

* Financial aid provided to 25,425 clubs and other organisations

* During the regime of this Government, 20 mountaineers have successfully climbed Mount Everest

State Assembly passes 2 Bills to set up universities

The State Assembly passed the Hindi University Bill tabled by the Government on Thursday to encourage Hindi-medium education in Bangla. The State-aided university will be set up in Howrah.

Commenting during the tabling of the Bill, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the Bill was introduced because “there are several Hindi-speaking people staying in Bangla” and that it “will show us a new path” and “will stand for harmony and unity”.

She also requested the Education Department to quickly initiate the construction of the university on the land that has been already acquired. The name, she said, will be decided after talking to all communities.

A day earlier, the Assembly had passed a Bill to enable the setting up of a university in the name of Swami Vivekananda.

This self-financing private university will be set up in Barrackpore, North 24 Parganas. The proposed university would deal in various specialised fields like science, technology, law, management, social sciences, medicine, education, humanities and performing arts.