West Bengal [WBPSC] Current Affairs - 2019

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Google, Tata Trusts launch ‘Internet Sathi’ in West Bengal to empower rural women

The Indian unit of search giant Google Inc and Tata Trusts have jointly launched ‘Internet Saathi’ program in Purulia district of West Bengal.

The initiative has been launched as part of Google’s ‘Helping Women Get Online’ campaign, in order to create awareness about the benefits of Internet among women in rural India.

Key facts

  • The initiative will initially be rolled out with an objective to reach 1 lakh women in over 400 villages in Purulia district.
  • It will focus on training women and larger communities to learn and explore various uses and benefits of the Internet.
  • Tata Trusts will play a crucial role in training women master trainers called “saathis” identified from Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Women’s federations.
  • Google will provide the tablet and mobile devices along with training material. It will also train the master trainers.
  • The initiative includes an awareness module, coupled with hands-on training modules on how to use the Internet, using mobile devices in their local languages.

‘Internet Saathi’ program was launched in July 2015. So far it has trained and benefitted over 2 lakh women across villages in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Google under its Helping Women Get Online has already trained over 2 million women across the country.

Mamata Banerjee sworn-in as West Bengal Chief Minister for a second term

Mamata Banerjee was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for second successive five-year term at oath taking ceremony held on Red Road.

State Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi administered her oath of office and secrecy along with the 42 ministers of her government. Mamata Banerjee is eighth chief minister of West Bengal and the first CM of the state.

About Mamata Banerjee

  • Born on 5 January 1955 in Kolkata, West Bengal. She had started her political career in the Congress party when she was only 15.
  • She had founded All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC or TMC) party in 1997 after separating from the Indian National Congress.
  • In 2011, she became first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal after TMC Congress alliance had emerged victorious in 2011 general election.
  • In the 2011 election, TMC Congress alliance had defeated 34-year-old Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government, the longest-serving democratically-elected communist government in the world.
  • She also had served as the Union Minister of Railways twice and was the first woman Railway Minister of India.
  • She also had served as Union Minister of Coal and Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Department of Youth Affairs.