West Bengal Current Affairs JAN - FEB 2017

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West Bengal Current Affairs - January 2017

President Mukherjee inaugurates 28th Dantan Gramin Mela in West Bengal
i. 28th Dantan Gramin Mela was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in Midnapore district in West Bengal on January 20, 2017.

ii. The mela display the rural handicraft skills of the people of the region and the different goods ranging from textile to terracotta.

India’s First Multi-Sports Museum Inaugurated in Kolkata
i .India’s first multi-sports museum, Fanatic Sports Museum (FSM), was inaugurated on January 29, 2017 at the Ecospace in New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata jointly by Sachin Tendulkar, SouravGanguly, AbhinavBindra, Deepa Malik and DevendraJhajaria.

ii. The museum, spread over 6700 square feet, has been launched jointly by sports historian BoriaMajumdar and industrialist from Kolkata, HarshavardhanNeotia. It is a first of its kind museum in India and is inspired by the MCC Museum at Lord’s and the IOC Museum in Lausanne.

iii. Entry tickets to the museum have been priced at Rs 100 with a 50% concession for students.

iv. India already has two cricket museums located at Pune and Chennai. However the new multi- sports museum would cover variety of games ranging from football, hockey, badminton, tennis, golf and athletics besides cricket.

BHEL Commissions 500 MW Thermal Unit In West Bengal
i. Government owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL) has commissioned new 500 MW Thermal Unit in West Bengal on January 16, 2016

ii. This was the second 500 MW at Sagardighi Thermal Power Station (TPS) Phase II project in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.

Vodafone India signs MoU with West Bengal, to invest Rs 3,000 crore in West Bengal

i. UK-headquartered Vodafone India signed an MoU with the West Bengal government to invest Rs 3,000 crore for capacity augmentation and new business initiatives over next three years.

ii. The MoU signed on the sidelines of Bengal Global Business Summit 2017.

iii. Aim: To improve Vodafone’s leadership position in the state by offering customers a SuperNet experience through enhanced network.

Parag Havaldar an IIT Kharagpur alumnus wins Technical Oscar
i. An IIT Kharagpur alumnus, Parag Havaldar, has won the prestigious Scientific & Technical Awards popularly called the `Technical Oscar’ by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

ii. He will be awarded a certificate from the Academy at Beverly Hills, California on February 11, 2017.

Kolkata’s Sitalpati Gets place in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage
i. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has registered Sitalpati or cool mat from the Cooch Behar district, West Bengal as an “intangible cultural heritage”.

ii. The Sitalpati are the mats that are used for siting or hanging on the doors or windows during summer season. They are made up of weaved green cane slips of murta plants widely found in the region.

Damodar Valley Corporation receives NTPC award 2015-16
i. Damodar Valley Corporation received NTPC award 20015-16 from Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal.

ii. DVC chairman Andrew WK Langstieh, received the prize by Goyal amongst the power sectors under for implementation of Official Language.

West Bengal Set to Give Legal Protection to Hilsa Fish
i. The West Bengal State Department of Fisheries has announced to protect the endangered Hisla Fish from getting extinct and thus has proposed to introduce law to arrest anyone found in illegal catching, buying or selling of Hilsa fish weighing less than 500 grams.

ii. With the introduction of the proposed provision, Hilsa Fish would become the first fish to get legal protection.

Bengal Clinches U-19 Cooch Behar Cricket Trophy for 2016-17 season
i. Bengal won the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy 2016-17 season against Delhi in the final at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on January 22, 2017.

ii. Bengal was declared winner in the drawn finals on the basis of a first innings lead with 79-run.

iii. Earlier Bengal won the U-19 Cooch Behar Cricket Trophy title in 1997-98 season.

Former Bengal minister Saral Deb dead
i. Veteran All India Forward Bloc leader and former West Bengal minister Saral Deb passed away .He was 82. Saral was the state Library Minister from 1977 to 1982 and held the Cooperative portfolio from 1982 to 1987.

ii. He was a six-time state legislator, winning from Barasat constituency of North 24 Parganas district.

West Bengal Current Affairs - February 2017

IIT Kharagpur to launch India’s first School on Quality and Reliability
i. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is starting India’s first inter- disciplinary School on Quality and Reliability (Q&R) in India.

ii. The main of the establishing the school is to improve the quality of life for the people of India as well as develop quality conscious global citizens.

iii. The Q&R school, in collaboration with other academic units in the Institute will offer academic courses, research and mission-mode programmes in the area of Quality and Reliability for social transformation.

iv. The school is being named after an IIT Kharagpur alumnus Quality guru SubirChowdhury as the SubirChowdhury School of Quality and Reliability. He is the patron of the school who has offered $1 million fund for school.

Mamata Banerjee declares Kalimpong as separate district
i. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee declared Kalimpong as 21st district of West Bengal on February 14, 2017. The new district is from Darjeeling.

ii. On the same day Banerjee announced two projects for the development of newly created Kalimpong
1.Rs 220 crore road link project to connect Kalimpong with Sikkim via the old Silk Route
2.Rs 50 crore water supply project to address Kalimpong’s water scarcity problem.

India’s First Hill Station Bicycle Path Unveiled in Darjeeling
i. India’s first hill station bicycle path was inaugurated in Darjeeling on February 25, 2017.

ii. The 20 km long cycle route is developed at an altitude of over 2,000 metres and runs through thick pine forest and Senchal wildlife sanctuary. The path also provides a view of the third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga.

iii .The route starts from near Jorebunglow, south of Darjeeling and ends at a small local eco- village resort in Chatakpur.

ShriRadha Mohan Singh Inaugurated 2017 Indian Seed Congress in Kolkata
i. The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, ShriRadha Mohan Singh inaugurated the Indian Seed Congress 2017 in Kolkata on February 12, 2017.

ii. The theme of Seed Congress is “Seed of Joy”.

iii. The theme is in line with vision of PM Modi government to bring happiness and prosperity in thelives of farmers by doubling their farm income by 2022.

iv. The minister emphasized that to enhance the productivity of good quality seeds the centre has directed the state governments to prepare variety wise seed rolling plants to meet year wise, season wise requirements of quality seeds.

Bengali singer Banasree Sengupta passes away
i. Noted Bengali singer Banasree Sengupta was passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal on February 19, 2017. She was 71

ii. She is well known for some of the most popular modern songs likes Aaj Bikeler Daake Tomar Chithi Pelam, Amar Ange Jawle Rangmashal and Chhi Chhi Chhi Eki Kando Korech

Former Mohun Bagan Goalkeeper Shibaji Banerjee Passes Away
i. Former Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shibaji Banerjee passed away in Kolkata on February 19, 2019 after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 68.

ii. The soccer legend Shibaji had played for the club for 11 years. Banerjee won 34 trophies with the club.

iii .He is also well known for stopping a free kick taken by Pele during the 1977 exhibition match against New York Cosmos.

iv. Banerjee was part of Mohun Bagan’s three-man technical committee at the time of passing away.



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