West Bengal

Union Government clears over Rs 3000 crore infrastructure investment for 102 AMRUT cities

Union Urban Development Ministry has approved an investment of over Rs 3000 crore for boosting urban infrastructure in 102 cities across five states.

Decision in this regard was taken by Inter-Ministerial Apex Committee chaired by Urban Development Secretary Madhusudhan Prasad.

Key facts

  • The infrastructure investment under Action Plans for 2015-16 was approved under the flagship Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme.
  • The five states are: Haryana, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Kerala and West Bengal.
  • These funds under Action Plans for 2015-16 would be used to enhance water supply, sewerage network and availability of public spaces in these selected 102 cities
  • State wise annual action plan: Haryana as 18 AMRUT cities and approved investment is Rs 438 crore; for Chattisgarh for Chattisgarh is Rs 573 crore.
  • Besides Rs. 416 crore rupees for Telangana and Rs 588 crore for Kerala. The highest allocations of Rs.1,105 crore has been made to West Bengal.

AMRUT Scheme: It is an urban transformation scheme with the focus of the urban renewal projects to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply.


Former WB Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim passes away

Veteran CPI(M) leader and former Speaker of the West Bengal Assembly Hasim Abdul Halin passed away in Kolkata. He was 80.

Halin was the Speaker of the State Assembly for a record time of 29 years from 1982 to 2011 during the Left Front rule in the state. Thus, he was the longest-serving Speaker of any Legislative Assembly in the country.

About Hashim Abdul Halim

  • Born: He was born on 5 June 1935.
  • Political Career: He was adherent member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
  • He was elected for the first time to state assembly as an MLA in 1977 when the CPI(M)-led Left Front came to power.
  • In the first term of the Left Front government (from 1977 and 1982) led by Jyoti Basu, he had served as the Minister of Judicial Affairs.
  • He was elected as Speaker for first time in 1982. Since then he remained as one during the rest of Left Front’s tenure i.e. in all its six terms till 2011.


Bengali actor Pijush Ganguly passes away

Bengali film, television and stage actor Pijush Ganguly passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 50.

Ganguly died because of multiple organ failure after he was critically injured in a road accident on 20 October 2015 at Santragachi in Howrah district.

About Pijush Ganguly

  • Ganguly was born on 2 January 1965 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • He had started his career as an employee of NABARD and later shifted to acting career.
  • His acting career began as a stage actor and later worked in television and films. He had started his television career with TV series Abar Jakher Dhan.
  • He had acted in acclaimed films like Goynar Baksha, Byomkesh Phire Elo,Laptop, Iti Srikanta and Mahulbanir Sereng.
  • Awards: Pramathesh Barua Award (1991), Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award for Best Actor (2005), Government of West Bengal (Information and Cultural Affairs) Tele Academy Award (2014) etc.