West Bengal Current Affairs - 2019

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Singer Bapi Lahiri honoured with  Mahanayak award by West Bengal Government

Renowned Music Director and singer Bapi Lahiri was honoured with Mahanayak award by the West Bengal Government.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conferred the Mahanayak Samman upon Bapi Lahiri on the occasion of 36th death anniversary of Uttam Kumar.

In addition, Bengali films “Bela sheshe” and “Shankhachil” were jointly awarded as the best Bengali films of the year.

Besides, critically-acclaimed filmmaker Goutam Ghose and director-actor Kaushik Ganguly were also honoured with the award for best director.

Paran Bandyopadhyay and Jishu Sengupta were also bestowed with best actor (male) award and Sohini Sarkar received the best actor (female) award.

Mahanayak awards: They were instituted in 2012 by West Bengal Government in the memory of Bengali matinee idol Uttam Kumar who is revered as “Mahanayak (Great hero)” in this part of India.

Month: Categories: Awards & HonoursPersons in News


PM Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate Petrapole Integrated Check Post

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP).

It was inaugurated by both leaders through video-conferencing. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee also had participated in the video-conference.

Key Facts

  • Petrapole ICP is located in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Petrapole is the Indian side of Petrapole-Benapole border checkpoint between India and Bangladesh.
  • Its commissioning will foster greater economic integration and connectivity between India and Bangladesh.
  • It is second ICP on India-Bangladesh border after Agartala ICP located at Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) land border.
  • Petrapole ICP is the biggest land port in South Asia and the largest land customs station in Asia.
  • Trade worth more than 15000 crore rupees takes place through the Petrapole ICP. This trade is more than all the other Indian Land Ports and Land Customs Stations put together.
  • The Petrapole ICP will provide better facilities for efficient and effective discharge of functions such as security, customs, immigration, quarantine, etc.
  • It will also provide support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of persons, goods and transport.

Month: Categories: Governance & Politics